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Offers Diversity Training to Cleveland Police Officers learn about Islamic beliefs, practices, culture

(CLEVELAND, OH, 4/1/05) The Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) recently conducted diversity training for more than 20 members of the Cleveland police department. The four-hour training session addressed the basic tenets of the Islamic faith, diversity of the American Muslim community and the negative impact of religious and ethnic stereotyping. Officers were also provided with 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 educational materials including “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 may be obtained at: “We are grateful for the opportunity to help build mutual understanding between the Muslim community and our local police officers,” said Isam Zaiem, Chair of CAIR-Cleveland. CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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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