(CHICAGO, IL, 7/3/05) – The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) recently conducted two religious sensitivity training sessions for police officers of the Chicago Ridge Police Department. CAIR-Chicago’s presentation included information on Islamic beliefs and practices and provided guidelines on how to respectfully interact with members of the Muslim community. Participants were given educational materials such as CAIR’s “A Law Enforcement Official’s Guide to the Muslim Community,” which covers issues such as religiously-sensitive techniques for body searches, proper etiquette for entering Muslim homes and outreach to the Muslim community. CAIR’s Law Enforcement Guide may be obtained at https://www.cair-net.org/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=1 The first sensitivity training session was conducted by Tabassum Haleem, executive director of the Organization of Islamic Speakers Midwest. The second session was led by Christina Abraham and Emad Ahmad of CAIR-Chicago’s Civil Rights Department.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, has 31 chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About