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Lebanese police officers travel to Michigan to learn from police

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Police officers from Beirut, Lebanon traveled thousands of miles to get trained on a tactic that seems to be working in the U.S., in places like Saginaw, Michigan.

It's not a new weapon, nor is it a breakthrough in technology, it may surprise you.

"They want to learn about community policing philosophies here and how we communicate with our neighborhood associations," said Chief Robert Ruth.

Police officers from the overseas are in town to learn more about how to communicate better with the community.

Last year, TV5 highlighted Saginaw's community policing efforts in our award winning series called Law and Order: A Matter of Trust.

Elie al-Asmar, a police officer in Beirut said the tools he learned from both the Saginaw police department and in Detroit are going to be a big help with policing efforts back home.

“I have been learning so much from our colleagues here and in Detroit,” al-Asmar said.

Diana Brown, a Clare native who now works with the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, said while working in the country, her team recognized how much community policing could help the Middle East.

She brought some high ranking officers from Beirut to learn from departments here in the U.S.

“It’s been a great learning experience, we’ve take back a lot of ideas,” Brown said.

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