(SACRAMENTO, CA, 1/9/2005) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) recently conducted diversity training for more than 40 police academy graduates.
CAIR-SV’s training session, held at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento, included a presentation designed to make the graduates aware of issues they might face when dealing with the diverse Muslim community in Sacramento.
Topics addressed in the presentation included the basic tenets of the Islamic faith, the diversity of the American Muslim community and ways in which area Muslims can promote better relations with law enforcement authorities.
CAIR-SV also gave each graduate a booklet, called “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. (The booklet is available by e-mailing email@example.com. Include name, address and phone number when requesting the booklet.)
“Diversity training is important for our staff so that they can learn about
other cultures and religions,” said Corporal Dee Tyndale of the Sacramento
Police Department. “Muslims form a big part of the Sacramento Community and
the Police Department represents and works for all.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to provide objective information to those
who will protect our families and our community,” said CAIR-SV President
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 30 offices and
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-SV President Rashid Ahmad, 916-825-0027