Muslim leaders are celebrating the New York City Police Department’s effort to recruit more Muslims.
Police Commissioner William Bratton said the NYPD has worked hard to recapture trust among Muslims and his department “will not do anything to jeopardize that trust.”
According to the Huffington Post:
Right now, there are about 800 Muslim uniformed police officers out of about 35,000, according to the NYPD Muslim Officers Society. Of those, only about 20 are higher-ranked officials. Lt. Adeel Rana, commanding officer of the community affairs immigration outreach unit, said there has been a slow increase over the past decade, but it has been rapidly changing in the past year and a half.
“It’s changing every day; we are getting more and more recruits,” he said. “As they see people of their own religion in uniform, their eyes brighten.”
But the outreach doesn’t end there, the Post reported.
In an effort to reach out to more recruits, the NYPD is also expanding a cadet program where college students are given stipends and fast-tracked to a job. Rana said officers also attend community meetings and fairs. A video played during the department’s annual pre-Ramadan conference showed dozens of uniformed officers who are Muslim saying: “We are your NYPD.”
Muslim leaders said they are encouraged by recruitment efforts.
“The more Muslims who work in the NYPD, the better,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “This is a way to break down the mistrust and create bridges in the community. Where an informant breaks down trust, a law enforcement officer builds it.”
Think about that last quote from Hooper.
An informant breaks down trust?
In his perfect world, do people who know of future terrorist activities not report them to the authorities?
According to the Post, the program’s other purpose is to counter the push from terror groups attempting to recruit jihadist youth over the Internet.
Hard to do when your answer to protecting a city that has been besieged by Muslim terrorists is to hire more Muslims and tell them that being an informant is a bad thing.
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