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Arlington Police appoints first Latino liaison officer to the department

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Corporal J.P. Montoya will serve as the first Latino liaison officer for the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD).

ACPD made the announcement Friday, sharing that Montoya will "work proactively with the Spanish-speaking community to build trust and confidence, share information, and conduct proactive engagement."

Montoya has served with the department since January 2018 after spending one year with the Metropolitan Police Department. He was promoted to the rank of corporal in July 2021.

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“With the creation of the Community Engagement Division, one of my priorities is to bridge gaps with underrepresented communities in Arlington and throughout our Community Conversations with the Chief of Police series this summer, we frequently heard about the community’s desire for additional outreach with the Latino Community,” said Deputy Chief Vincent. “Corporal Montoya is a dedicated community policing officer who has demonstrated experience conducting outreach and building relationships with the Latino community in Arlington.”

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 15.6% of Arlington’s population identifies as Hispanic or of Latino origin. 

“I believe this position is an example of our police department building trust in the Latino community,” said Andres Tobar, President of Arlington County Crime Solvers and Executive Director of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center. “We look forward to working with Corporal Montoya.”

For more information on Montoya or his role, go here.

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