SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

City opening door to some non-U.S. citizens to serve community

Article Image

Click here for updates on this story   ...

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 3:10 PM

Click here for updates on this story

    Aurora (KCNC) -- In Aurora, police and fire departments are opening their doors to new applicants who never would have qualified before. For the first time ever, non-U.S. citizens, who are on the pathway to citizenship, are eligible to apply.

The Aurora Civil Services Commission made the decision in July, and the change has been in effect ever since. One idea behind the change is it adds to the pool of applicants.

“It gives us the opportunity to embrace more candidates that are qualified and wanting to be a part of Aurora Fire Rescue,” said Cindy Anderson, Deputy Chief of Aurora Fire Rescue.

Aurora is constantly trying to hire the same people as other nearby cities, and the change could give a slight advantage in recruiting.

“We would actually be one of the very few major city police departments that are allowed to hire non-U.S. citizens,” said Harry Glidden, Division Chief with Aurora Police.

In July, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue started accepting applications from non-citizens who are on the path to citizenship. That includes relatives of citizens, armed forces members, and people seeking asylum or refuge who’ve been in the U.S. for at least one year.

“We’re one of the most diverse cities in America, so for us to be able to tap into that and to really be able to have a better connection with the communities that we strive to partner with, I just think is a positive thing,” Chief Glidden said.

One interested Aurora resident is Walid Alani. Unhappy with the political situation in Iraq, Alani moved his family from Baghdad to Colorado in 2017.

Alani tells CBS4 he worked for the U.S. State Department while in Baghdad, but had little luck finding jobs in America.

“I know I have the experience and I have the knowledge. It’s the fact that I don’t have the immigration status that will allow me to take a job like that,” Walid said.

One place Alani applied was the City of Aurora. He now works for a refugee organization in Aurora and may soon have his green card.

He tells CBS4 he thinks many immigrants would jump at police or fire career – including himself.

“I would like to pay back to this community,” Alani said. “This is a wonderful community that’s taken us in, myself and my family, and this would be something in paying back to the community.”

Not only are the departments seeing new applicants, they tell CBS4 they’re reaching out to people who applied in the past and didn’t qualify because of their immigration status.

Each applicant will go through the same process and background check as any previous applicants.

Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 252895

Reported Deaths: 6334
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1078263457
Riverside19450479
Orange16191363
San Diego15696387
San Bernardino13676269
Imperial7039114
Alameda6556140
Fresno585177
Kern513081
Santa Clara5077160
Tulare4627136
San Joaquin447455
Sacramento400469
San Francisco377650
Contra Costa356481
San Mateo3536108
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Marin271921
Kings260032
Stanislaus253144
Monterey191515
Solano147625
Sonoma135911
Merced127211
Placer82811
San Luis Obispo7012
Yolo61325
Madera5785
Santa Cruz4553
Napa3764
San Benito2652
Sutter2433
Lassen2420
El Dorado2260
Butte2063
Shasta1484
Humboldt1444
Nevada1291
Glenn1220
Yuba1061
Tehama881
Lake870
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Del Norte581
Calaveras530
Mono451
Tuolumne430
Inyo331
Amador310
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
87° wxIcon
Hi: 99° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 87°
Oroville
87° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 87°
Paradise
87° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 87°
Chester
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 77°
Red Bluff
Clear
93° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 93°
Willows
87° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 87°
Today was hot and tomorrow will be as well. But slightly below average temperatures move in as we see a dip in the jet stream.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events