Community Safety Alert
- Alert local law enforcement authorities to the possibility of a hate rally outside the mosque and request advice about the best way to protect worshipers against possibly armed protesters.
Request a stepped up police presence on October 9 (Jummah) and on October 10, the day of the nationwide hate rallies. (For a fee, many local police departments will provide officers to be present at a facility during services.)
- Assign staff/volunteers to monitor outside and inside activities. Look for any kind of suspicious behavior
- If there are protestors:
- Immediately call your local police station and report the active protestors.
- Direct your staff and volunteers to avoid any contact or issues between your congregation and the protestors.
- Make announcements after prayers to not engage the protestors/agitators.
- You can build a wall between the protestors and your congregation to avoid conflict.
- Inform community members about the issue and urge them not to be provoked by any hate rhetoric or actions. (Do not engage in a debate or become angry; you do not want to escalate the situation.)
- Take video of the entire hate protest. Anyone taking video of the hate rally should not get too close to or interact with the participants.
- Immediately report any threatening or potentially-violent actions by the hate rally participants to police.
- Report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-MN Civil Rights Department at 612-206-3360 or 612-406-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Consider scheduling a town hall meeting to discuss the issue of growing Islamophobia and the need for community peace building. Go to http://www.islamophobia.org/ to learn more.
- Install security cameras, and/or a burglar alarm system. Provide ample exterior lighting; such as floodlights
- Make duplicates of mosque documents; and store in a separate area. Remove potential fire hazards. Consider creating a security committee.
- Request additional police patrols. Participate in neighborhood watch programs.
- Report suspicious packages to police.
- Build good relations with neighbors & local law enforcement.
- Make an appointment with the community relations officer of your local police department to tour your center and make suggestions on improving mosque security.
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