AZ Police Connect With Muslims

April 15, 2004

Source: The Arizona Republic

On April 15, 2004 The Arizona Republic reported, "Tempe police have inched closer to fortifying their trust with a community still suspicious of law enforcement after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sgt. Jon Waide joined more than 20 other civilian and sworn supervisors April 1 and listened as Aneesah Nadir told them how police could work better with local Muslims. The meeting marked the third one for Tempe police and the Arizona State University West professor since she started a Sept. 11 Anti-Bias Project Valley-wide... Nadir, president of the Islamic Social Services Association, has been meeting with Valley law enforcement agencies, media, social service agencies and health organizations to dispel myths about Muslims. Even though Nadir praised Tempe police for their work with the Muslim community, she said other factors still make many of the Valley's 50,000 Muslims hesitate to fully trust law enforcement."