HPD Meets With Local Muslim Leaders
February 13, 2006 -- On Thursday,
February 9, 2006, representatives of the Houston Police Department
met with local Muslim leaders at the Islamic Dawwa Center, located
at 202 Main. The primary purpose of the meeting was to address
local concerns and recent international attention given to the
media handling and depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.
Among the organizations represented at the meeting
were the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Iman Academy,
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim American Society,
Muslim Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Muslim Observer Newspaper,
Masjid Ul Mumineen, Islamic Dawwa Center and the Madarsa Islamia.
The meeting was organized by the Community Relations Unit of the
Public Affairs Division.
The Muslim leadership recognized the high level
of trust and confidence in each other and the general appreciation
accorded law enforcement in the greater Houston area. Law enforcement
officials in turn recognized the positive steps that have been
taken within the Muslim community not to overreact to events in
other areas, and gave assurances to the leaders that local events
will be given the attention they deserve. "Whenever someone
commits a hateful act, their conduct only serves to strengthen
the bond between law enforcement and the targets of hate; this
meeting is a good example," said Captain Dwayne Ready of
the Houston Police Department.
The Houston Police Department is proud of the
positive rapport that exists between local law enforcement and
the Muslim community. It is hoped that such dialogues will serve
to enhance this rapport and to maintain vital lines of communication
between the department and the diverse communities we serve.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.