Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly visited the Muslim Center of New York Dec. 1, where he spoke to approximately 150 members of the Muslim community from Queens and surrounding mosques.
"We take pride in our relationship with people of all faiths," Commissioner Kelly said. "And we are committed to doing more to improve communication, through events like our annual Pre-Ramadan meeting, which is attended by hundreds of the city's Muslim leaders, and through our soccer and cricket leagues for young people."
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly is welcomed by a young attendee of the Commissioner's open forum at the Muslim Center of New York Wednesday night in Flushing.
Commissioner Kelly also cited the DepartmentÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s training for new police officers, who make small-group visits to mosques in their precincts, meet with imams and engage in dialogue to improve cultural sensitivity and understanding of Islam.
The Muslim Center of New York honored five New York City Police officers for their service to the community: Detective Faisal Khan of the DepartmentÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s Hate Crime Task Force, Sergeant Tahir Javid from the Counterterrorism Division, Sergeant Mohammad Nomani from Patrol Borough Queens North and Police Officers Bilal Ishaq and Mohammad Qureshi from the 109th Precinct.
Commissioner Kelly takes questions from a youth in the audience at the Muslim Center of New York in Queens, which he visited Wednesday evening.