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California Police Cadets Learn About Islam

On Monday, June 28, the Sacramento Valley
office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Sacramento)
conducted diversity training for more than 30 graduating cadets at the
Sacramento Police Department Academy.

CAIR-Sacramento representatives offered a PowerPoint presentation designed
to make the cadets aware of issues that they may face when dealing with the
diverse Muslim community in Sacramento.

Issues addressed in the presentation included the basic tenets of Islam,
the status of Muslim women, the diversity of the American Muslim community,
and ways in which area Muslims can have better relations with law
enforcement authorities. A question-and-answer session followed the

CAIR-Sacramento also distributed a booklet, called “A Law Enforcement
Official’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices.” The booklet covers issues
such as religiously-sensitive techniques for body searches, proper
etiquette for entering Muslim homes and advice on outreach to the Islamic

“With more than 50,000 Muslims living in the greater Sacramento area, law
enforcement officials need to be aware of issues related to the Islamic
community, particularly the disturbing growth in bias-related incidents,”
said CAIR-Sacramento Executive Director Basim Elkarra.

“It is important to keep the lines of communication open between law
enforcement officials and the Muslim community,” said CAIR-Sacramento
Executive Committee member Maren Shawesh. “Many cadets thanked us for
coming and said they found the presentation to be very informative.” She
said more diversity workshops are planned in the next few months.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 regional offices and chapters nationwide and
in Canada.

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CONTACT: Basim ElKarra, 916-441-6269, 916-289-3748


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