Source: Columbia News Service
On April 10, 2002, Columbia News Service reported, "Muslims in law enforcement form new group." It noted, "A group of Muslim police and correction officers in New York has formed a group to improve relations between the community and police as the country continues to confront the impact of the terrorist attacks more than six months ago. Its founders want the group, the American Muslim Law Enforcement Officers Association, believed to be the first such national organization, to serve the double purpose of improving police effectiveness and reassuring the Muslim community. 'We are a communication bridge,' said Officer Adil Almontaser, 27, a Yemeni-American who grew up in Brooklyn and joined the New York Police Department five years ago. 'We wanted to show the community we are here. We want them to realize it and feel proud. They don't have to feel afraid or feel intimidated.'" Founders estimate that currently there are some "200 Muslims working in law enforcement in New York and 4,000 nationwide -- as everything from FBI agents to correction officers."