Little Rock's police chief hopes the cards increase trust between officers and the Hispanic community.
Chief Buckner said, "As the chief of police I am committed to treating everyone in our community with dignity and respect."
LR Mayor Mark Stodola said, "You are our friends. You are our neighbors and we embrace you. We love the fact that you have decided to make Little Rock your home." After about 2 years the idea of a municipal ID card program became a reality. The city explains it's a program with a purpose: to connect residents to city services, to incorporate residents into the local economy, to increase security and to provide a sense of belonging.
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Mayor Stodola said, "This municipal ID program will help further cement the idea that this is your house. This is your family and this is where you're proud to live." Chief Buckner said, "It will decrease the likelihood that a Hispanic resident will be a victim of a robbery because of some of the issues of fear of not having a bank account."
The city explained residents ages 14 and older must make an appointment to apply for the $10 photo ID cards.
Guevara said, "That means a lot. Maybe in the future, it can be something better than that but it means a lot."
The ten dollar card that for some people is priceless. Stodola said anyone in the city can apply for the municipal ID card including the homeless community.
He said 3 banks will accept the cards as either a primary or secondary identification.
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