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CAIR-OK Offers Training for Law Enforcement Officers

(OKLAHOMA CITY, 6/9/08) – The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) recently offered diversity training for law enforcement officers at the Norman Police Department Basic Academy training facility in Norman, Okla.

The training gave basic information Islamic beliefs and practices, Muslim demographics, and common misperceptions about Islam, and offered tools and suggestions for interacting with the Muslim community in Oklahoma. The training course is certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) and officers can get credit hours for participating in it.

The training stems from a program launched nearly two years ago by the Oklahoma City FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force called the Muslim Community Outreach Program (MCOP). The initiative aims to bring together local law enforcement executives and Muslim community leaders in an effort to improve understanding and communication, and secure genuine trust between both groups, with the overall goal of enhancing security.

“The goal of this training is to provide information and effective tools for law enforcement officials,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Razi Hashmi. “It is important that we help to foster an environment for better understanding to build a safer state and nation. The relationship between our community and law enforcement is paramount.”

CAIR’s “Law Enforcement Official’s Guide to the Muslim Community” can be viewed here: images/pdf/law_enforcement_guide.pdf

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 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.

CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Razi Hashmi, Tel: 405-248-5853, E-Mail:
rhashmi@cair.com; CAIR-OK Chairperson Lobna Hewedi, E-Mail: lhewedi@cair.com; CAIR-OK Board Member Sheryl Siddiqui, E-Mail: sherylsiddiqui@yahoo.com

 

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