While opponents of the College of Southern Idaho's Refugee Center continue to push for defunding the center, going so far as to gather signatures for a ballot initiative, this morning's Twin Falls Times-News is introducing that same community to its newest police officer: a refugee who was resettled in Idaho after fleeing war-torn Bosnia/Herzegovina.
Dzevad Mustafic came to Boise with his mother and two siblings when he was 9 years old. The Times-News reports that through the help of resettlement agencies, Mustafic went on to study criminal justice at Boise State University. In early August, he was sworn in as a new officer with the Twin Falls Police Department.
Mustafic is one of five refugees on the Twin Falls police force, according to the Times-News. A city of Twin Falls spokesman said the officers are uniquely equipped to handle particular situations with other citizens who have immigrated to the United States.
When asked about the officers' reactions to pushback from those who oppose refugees programs, city spokesman Joshua Palmer told the Times-News, "I know that was really hard for some of the guys."
Meanwhile, Officer Mustafic said he truly enjoys his new assignment on the force, "Because everyone is so family oriented."