CAIR-OH Meets with Law Enforcement Officials
(COLUMBUS, OH, 2/2/2006)- Representatives of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) met with officials at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy this week to discuss ways to improve understanding, communication and cooperation between law enforcement officials and the Muslim community.
CAIR-Ohio board and staff members toured the facility and discussed initiatives such as conducting sensitivity training for officers, having Muslim leaders ride along with patrols and holding a community town hall meeting.
“Through these initiatives, CAIR-Ohio would like to open lines of communication, identify misperceptions, address mutual concerns, and build trust and cooperation,” said CAIR-Ohio Director Adnan Mirza. “We want to work in partnership with law enforcement officials to help them protect and serve the community.”
CAIR-Ohio also conducted a sensitivity training workshop this week at the Columbus Police Training Academy addressing what law enforcement personnel should know about Islam and Muslims. A speaker also discussed issues specific to central Ohio’s Somali community.
This month, CAIR-Ohio and other representatives of the Muslim community met with the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Department of Homeland Security.
CAIR-Ohio has three offices – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
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