Buffalo was highlighted in a national report, Bright Spots in Welcoming and Integration, for its work in integrating newcomer populations as part of the White House’s Building Welcoming Communities Campaign.
The Campaign, which includes more than 50 communities across the U.S., singled out the Buffalo Police Department’s Language Access Plan as one of its best practices “Bright Spots.”
Launched in February, the Language Access Plan stemmed from a proposal submitted by various Buffalo ethnic communities, in collaboration with not for profit service organizations, the City of Buffalo Office of New Americans and the police. Its focus is to improve communications with Buffalo’s diverse ethnic communities.
“It’s a tremendous distinction to be highlighted by the White House for our proactive efforts in adopting a Language Access Plan for the Buffalo Police Department,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said in a press release.