The Houston office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) hosted a dinner Monday night for
the Honorable David Wallace, mayor of the City of Sugar Land, and Sugar
Land Police Department Chief Lisa Womack. The event focused on
strengthening the relationship between local law enforcement authorities
and elected officials and the Houston-area Muslim community.
“I believe that diversity is a source of strength, and I see that strength
in the various communities’ activism and respect for one another,” said
Wallace, whose Houston suburb has a population that is 29 percent Asian.
Chief Womack said she encourages diversity, not only in training but also
in the Sugar Land Police force. “We are actively recruiting potential
officers, and we hope to have a police force that reflects the richness and
diversity of the City of Sugar Land.”
Monday’s dinner was the latest in a series of meetings with law enforcement
agencies and city officials to discuss the launch of CAIR-Houston’s Quick
Response Network (QRN) initiative. That initiative, developed in
cooperation with the Community Relations Service of the Department of
Justice in Houston, is designed to facilitate a rapid response to threats,
hate crimes and discrimination.
“We thank Mayor Wallace and Chief Womack for reaching out to the Muslim
community and hope that such efforts lead to a productive partnership with
elected officials and local law enforcement agencies,” said of CAIR-Houston
President Tarek Hussein.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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CONTACT: Iesa Galloway, CAIR-Houston, 713-838-2247, 832-656-0449, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org