After having resettled in the United States just ten years ago, Damber Subba was sworn in as a new policeman in Akron, Ohio on May 4, 2018. He is the first member of the Akron Bhutanese/Nepalese community to achieve such an appointment. Being a policeman fits in with his long-term desire to help his community.
In order to be appointed as an Akron policeman, Mr. Subba had to complete a several months-long training program that began with a written examination, a test of his physical abilities, a drug test, a standard background check, and an interview with the police chief. As one of the twelve new recruits he attended 20 weeks of training at a police academy at Kent State University where he learned about laws and police procedures through academic study and real-life simulation activities.
As a former resident of Bhutan, Damber spent many years of his life in the Beldangi II refugee camp in Nepal after the Bhutan government conducted an ethnic cleansing of Lhotshampas who were living in southern Bhutan. After resettling in the United States, Damber served as an interpreter for Akron Children’s Hospital, worked in a foundry, and took courses in nursing at Kent State University. While attending Kent State University, he was a recipient of the Kuhn Scholarship for Bhutanese Refugees.
Damber Subba is proud to be a member of the Akron Bhutanese/Nepalese community, and the Bhutanese/Nepalese community is proud of him and his achievements.
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