Islamic Center Educates Law Enforcement about Muslim Religion

Published 04/07 2014 05:58PM

Updated 04/08 2014 07:23AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Eighteen cadets from the Law Enforcement Academy visited the Islamic Center of St. Joseph to get a better understanding of the Muslim community.

The Islamic Center wants cadets and future law enforcement officers to know that they're here to help their community.

"We're getting them prepared for if they've never been around a Muslim," said Charles Mujihad Triplett.

Triplett says it's important that officers respect their religion as they respect authorities. He says they want the public to know that they believe in helping others despite a negative view some have of their religion.

"Diwan means that we intertwine with the Catholics charity. We work with Baptist and different denominations. We also work with Interserv and YWCA," added Triplett.

Leaders of the academy at Missouri Western State University say it's important that cadets be exposed to all parts of their community.

They believe officers can't serve properly, unless they get to know their surroundings.

"I think it's important they understand not only the cultures they're familiar with but other cultures as well because we live together and we have to deal with each other," said Kip Wilson from Missouri Western State University's academy.

Wilson hopes cadets will take something from Monday's exercise when dealing with other cultures.

"I just hope that we learn better to communicate better with people who have different values and beliefs than we do and how to better serve the society as a whole," added Wilson.

The Islamic Center added that this training event is something they do each year.

To learn more about the Islamic Center of St. Joseph, click here.

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