ADC Participates in DOJ-COPS Conference

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | August 3, 2011 - Earlier this week the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) was invited to participate in the Department of Justice – Community Oriented Policing Services (DOJ-COPS) 2011 Conference, “Community Policing: Advancing Public Safety in a New Economy”. COPS is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. ADC Legal Director Abed A. Ayoub presented at a session titled “Building Trust between Law Enforcement and Arab and Muslim Americans.”

Also presenting at the session was Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent in Charge for the Detroit Division of the FBI, and Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Los Angeles County – the largest sheriff’s department in the United States. The session was moderated by Mr. Gilbert L. Moore, Senior Public Affairs Specialist COPS Office. Presenters highlighted the importance of trust between law enforcement and the Arab/Muslim American community, and what steps can be taken to build that trust without jeopardizing any aspect of the relationship.

Ayoub states that, “Maintaining trust and open lines of dialogue with law enforcement agencies is important in helping the community address key concerns and issues.  Both sides understand that there will be disagreements on issues --- including disagreement on questionable actions taken by law enforcement agencies. However, it is through constructive dialogue that these concerns are heard and hopefully addressed.”

The Conference featured a keynote address delivered by Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States of America.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee  (ADC), which is non-profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the  largest grassroots Arab-American civil rights and civil liberties  organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former  Senator James Abourezk. ADC has a national network of chapters and  members in all 50 states.