In 2011 Bob created the Center For Somalia History Studies. For 20 years prior Bob worked closely with the Hmong community to help them transition to life in America. He discovered the challenges faced by our Hmong and Somali communities are identical. Of course, additionally some Somali youth have been recruited to join the terror groups Al-Shabaab and ISIS. But whether its gangs - drugs or terrorism in any community or culture - Bob always says, “Success is the Best Vaccine”.
With that goal in mind Bob created the “Center For Somalia History Studies”. The mission of the Center was - and is: “To Research the History and Lives of the People of Somalia and to Assemble that Information so it can be used to train others on the complexity of the Somali experience.” He believes this training and education is the first step in breaking down barriers of misunderstanding that cause obstacles to success.
Bob retired from the St Paul Police Department in 2013. A year later In 2014 Bob was elected to serve as a Council Member in the City of Vadnais Heights.
Bob Fletcher is the Director of the Center for Somalia History Studies. He is the former Ramsey County Sheriff and the past Chair of the East Metro Community Protection Task Force on Terrorism.
Bob graduated with honors from Hamline University in May of 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Government. Shortly thereafter he joined the St. Paul Police Department in July of 1977. While there he served as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Homicide/Sex Crimes Investigator, Burglary Unit Lieutenant and Juvenile Unit Commander. During his four years as Commander of the St. Paul Police Juvenile Unit Bob became an expert on Juvenile Delinquency.
While working as a police Sergeant In 1982, Bob was elected to serve two terms as a St. Paul City Council Member.
in 1995 Bob was elected as the Ramsey County Sheriff. He continued to serve as Sheriff for 16 years. Some of the programs he forwarded include: Truancy & Curfew Enforcement, 800 MHZ Digital Trunked Metro Radio System, Regional Firearms Training Centers, Gang Crime Enforcement, Anti-Methamphetamine Programs, Courthouse Security Initiatives, Expanded Citizen Volunteer Programs, Youth Literacy & Athletics Programs, Anti-Terrorism Initiatives, The New Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, School Safety Initiatives and New Immigrant Outreach Programs to the Hmong Community. During that time serious crime in Ramsey County dropped 20%
In 2002, while Sheriff, Bob formed the East Metro Community Protection Task Force Regarding Terrorism. In 2007 he began studying the terror group Al Shabaab and the radicalization of Minnesota youth. Since leaving the Sheriff’s Office in 2011 Bob has been immersed in the Twin City Somali Community. He is a frequent instructor regarding our Somali community, and the radicalization of Minnesota Youth. Bob has appeared on numerous major news networks because of his expertise in the field.
Bob Fletcher, Director, Center For Somalia History Studies
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