Baddaoui in his class at the Manchester police station.
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Soon after arriving in New Hampshire as a teenager, Abdesselam Baddaoui met two fellow refugees who accidentally ended up involved in a criminal case because, after being instructed about domestic violence laws, the wife mistakenly believed she had to call police any time she and her husband argued.Sixteen years later, Baddaoui is one of the newest members of the police department in New Hampshire's largest city, where he hopes to help newer refugees avoid such misunderstandings. Manchester, population 110,000, joins a handful of cities nationwide, mostly much larger, where police departments are specifically recruiting refugees amid a political climate in which some quarters accuse them of taking jobs or, in the case of Muslims, posing a potential security threat.Others, including some in California, have hired refugees as part-time "public service officers".About 3,300 refugees moved to New Hampshire between 2008 and 2014, with the largest group coming from Bhutan.
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