CAIR-MN Launches New Community Safety Training for Mosques
By A. Lori Saroya
CAIR-MN has launched a new community safety training initiative for mosques and other institutions serving minorities.
The interactive training discusses security steps to take and how to assess an institution’s vulnerability to attack. It includes safety preparation and planning, details on security equipment, how to deal with an armed intruder, procedures for handling bomb threats or suspicious packages, and links to security resources available from private and government sources.
CAIR-MN is also setting up on-site safety checks to provide site visits by community safety officers.
The new training is offered following the publication of CAIR’s new “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet was distributed to more than 50 mosques and organizations in Minnesota this week.
Drafted by a leading security consultant, it seeks to better equip the community with the knowledge necessary to protect against racial and religious bigotry or attacks. The booklet was produced in response to recent bias attacks targeting American Muslim institutions.
In addition to an increase in discrimination against Muslims in areas of employment, public accommodation and law enforcement profiling, CAIR-MN has seen an increase in hate crimes. At a time when a very vocal minority is shaping national sentiment on Islam and Muslims, safety training is urgently needed.
CAIR-MN handled more than 180 cases of hate, harassment and discrimination involving Minnesota Muslims and other racial and religious minorities last year.
Institutions serving minority communities can contact CAIR-MN at 612-206-3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request the “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet, arrange a Community Safety Training or set up an On-Site Safety Check.
This training is made possible by a grant from the Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation.