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CAIR-OH Offers Diversity Training for Cleveland Police

CAIR-OH Offers Diversity Training for Cleveland Police

Officers learn about Islamic beliefs, practices and culture

(CLEVELAND, OH, 9/16/05) – The Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) recently conducted diversity training for Cleveland police officers. The course is designed to augment community policing efforts by educating officers about the local Muslim community.

The training, held at the Cleveland Police Academy, addressed the basic tenets of the Islamic faith, diversity of the American Muslim community and the negative consequences of stereotyping. Officers were also provided information on Islamic concepts of law and justice, gender relations in the Muslim community, hate crimes, religious profiling, domestic violence, and techniques for improving community relations.

Participants were given CAIR’s publication, “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 at:

CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247, E-Mail:; Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail:


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