El Protector· Hispanic Community Outreach Program
Over the past decade, Eastern Washington has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of fatality and felony collisions involving Hispanic/Latino surnamed drivers. The year 2002 was a tragic example of this. In the Kennewick and Walla Walla Autonomous Patrol Areas (APA's), there were four vehicular homicide collisions, all of which involved Hispanic/Latino surnamed drivers. Those collisions resulted in the deaths of nine individuals, as well as critically injuring ten others.
The causes of these collisions and resulting deaths and injuries are common: DUI, speed, and failing to use the occupant restraint system in the vehicle. The number of Hispanic/Latino surnamed drivers involved in these types of collisions is greatly disproportionate to the 25% regional Hispanic/Latino population.
The "El Protector" program has been designed to fully integrate the WSP's Problem Oriented Public Safety (POPS) philosophy to engage the Hispanic/Latino community in District 3 (Yakima, Sunnyside, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla area.). This program places special emphasis on people with limited English speaking abilities. In addition, this bilingual/bicultural program provides public education through dialogue with the Hispanic/Latino community, instead of focusing soley on enforcement measures.
Educational outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community that addresses DUI and occupant protection education, built in collaboration with community stakeholders.
Evolve the program to address all traffic safety issues and create a good rapport and break down barriers within the Latino community, providing them with a better understanding about law enforcement in the State of Washington.
Citizens Advisory Committee
The "El Protector" Advisory Committee involves key members of the Hispanic/Latino community who are actively trying to make a difference. The following is a list of committed Advisory Committee members:
El Protector Partners
Calendar of Events
El Protector Contact
Please feel free to contact our El Protector with any comments or traffic-related concerns affecting your community. It is our mission to work with our community to solve problems together. Call us at (509) 734-7034 or e-mail Oscar.Garcia@wsp.wa.gov.
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