COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After 10 years in hotel management, Khaled Bahgat grew accustomed to defusing tense situations involving out-of-control banquet hall parties.

Often, he had the situation in hand by the time police showed up.

One day, an officer asked, “Have you ever thought about being a police officer yourself?”

It was the farthest thing from the mind of the Egyptian-born Bahgat, who arrived in Columbus as a teenager in 1980 speaking almost no English. But he applied and has served as an officer in Ohio’s largest city for 21 years.

Recently, police chief Kim Jacobs appointed Bahgat a liaison

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