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Arkansas Marshallese Migrants Permitted to Serve as Law Enforcement

Washington County Sheriff's Office
Col. Joel Minor, currently employed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, is now enrolled in Northwest Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Elm Springs.

A measure to allow legally-present Arkansas Marshallese migrants to officially train and serve in state, county and municipal law enforcement failed to pass the state legislature last year, blocked by a majority of anti-immigrant lawmakers. The bill’s sponsor, Democrat State Rep. Megan Godfrey, District 89 - Springdale, instead resorted to an alternative solution. 

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