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Fairfax County appoints first Muslim liaison officer

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Making Virginia history, Lt. Wahid Alam was selected as the first-ever liaison officer for the local Muslim community at the Fairfax County Police Department.

โ€œI want to be the conduit to all the resources the police service has to offer and encourage Muslims to consider a career in policing,โ€ he said. Fairfax County Local News in a report.

Born and raised a Muslim, Alam served in the department for over 18 years. He considers his faith and his background in the police as a tool that makes him a good candidate for this role.

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He also hopes to meet with Muslim business leaders and business leaders to โ€œnetwork within this unique community and build even more forays with the department.โ€

Praising the Muslim communityโ€˜s support for law enforcement, Alam hopes to dispel misconceptions about community surveillance.

โ€œThe Muslim community needs to know how the Fairfax County Police Department conducts policing and surveillance in response to crimes and dangerous threats,โ€ he said.

โ€œThe FCPD does not conduct targeted surveillance of Muslims or any specific community. Relationship building and transparency in our policing strategies and practices will build trust with the Muslim community.

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Other American Muslims also took over a position of command in the police.

In April 2021, Pakistani-American Commander Yasar Bashir was named the first Deputy Chief of Muslim Police in the United States.

In July 2020, the local precinct in New York appointed Captain Adeel Rana as its commanding officer.

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