Muslim Morning Tea
The strength of relationships between the Islamic communities in WA and the WA Police Force was evident last Wednesday 1 May during the Commissioner’s Morning Tea with Imams and other Muslim leaders.
The morning tea has become an annual event which celebrates the trust, goodwill and mutual respect which has been fostered over many years.
Central to the relationship is the Muslim Community Advisory Group (MCAG) which was established in 2014. The group meets quarterly and represents the interests of more than 45,000 Muslims living in WA.
Speaking at the event, Commissioner Chris Dawson acknowledged that the events of 15 March in Christchurch NZ were still fresh in everyone’s minds. “While this violence happened more than 5,000 kms away, it has had a terrible impact on so many of us as we contemplate the unspeakable loss families and loved ones have had to deal with,” he said.
“Since the incident, we’ve been in constant communication and engagement with Imams, leaders and school principals to ensure community safety is not compromised and everyone is kept safe. We’ve also been carrying out police patrols around mosques and other key facilities to support you and your communities,” Mr Dawson said.
“A commitment to engaging positively with each other – in good times or bad – is the real strength of any relationship, and the evidence of our success is in the warmth those present have shown towards each other this morning.”
Speaking on behalf of the Muslim community, Ustaz Salmaan Parkar outlined the journey that has been travelled with the WA Police Force.
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, but working together is success,” he said. “With the reception you have given us, we will never want to stop working together.”