St. Louis County Police said more than 50 Muslims graduated this week from the course that began in November at the Daar-ul-Islam Mosque. This Citizens Police Academy training is specifically tailored to members of area mosques, police stated.
T&C Manchester (h/t Bo Perrin) This is the first time the course has been offered by St. Louis County Police at a mosque and the first time the mosque has had such a course available to members. The St. Louis County Police West County Precinct partnered with the Islamic Foundation of the Daar-ul-Islam Mosque and offered the eight-week course to mosque members.
Adil Imdad, the outreach and community relations program coordinator for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, previously told Patch he felt the course would be an asset to the mosque members and pointed out it was designed to teach area Muslims about the police department and how it conducts investigations.
Imdad said there are many Muslim immigrants in the St. Louis area who are not familiar with local law enforcement and how it works. “This is something that will be beneficial to them. (Oh, I bet it will) To know the police and how they protect them. “
Participants learn about what steps they can take to avoid becoming the victim of a crime and they get an inside look at how the County Police Department operates. Instead of relying on television or Hollywood, graduates of these academies can gain personal knowledge and experience in how actual police officers patrol their beats, conduct traffic stops and investigate crime. Classes are instructed by law enforcement professionals in various fields.”