New Group for Muslim Police Staff

December 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

Scotland's first Muslim Police Association has been launched in Glasgow.

Strathclyde Police Muslim Association will look at boosting the recruitment and retention of Muslim officers.

It will also aim to improve understanding of the faith with the public and tackle "Islamophobia".

Scotland's first Muslim police officer, Pc Amar Shakoor, will act as chair of the newly-established group, which aims to recruit up to 50 members.

Pc Shakoor said the Strathclyde force employed about 55 Muslim police officers and civilians, who he hoped would become involved.

"We hope that the association will help to recruit more officers and civilian staff for Strathclyde Police from a Muslim background," he said.

"The aim is to build bridges with the Muslim community and work better with all people for the future."