Meeting With Middlesex County Law Enforcement Agencies & Muslim Community
NJMVP organized a Meeting on Sunday, February 19, 2023, at NBIC with Middlesex County Law Enforcement Agencies and about 22 Muslim Organizations from Middlesex County, NJ, to facilitate Educating and building relationships with the local Muslim Community.
The following topics were discussed.
Education and building relationships:
– How best can we educate Law enforcement agencies on Islam / Muslims
– How can we educate law enforcement on South Asian challenges and their direct impact in Middlesex County
– How can we establish law enforcement and Prosecutor’s visits to Masjids?
– What setups can be taken to educate the Board of Education on our challenges and sensitivity training
Questions for the Prosecutor’s Office:
1. Role and responsibilities of the Prosecutors Office- POC in case of an Emergent issue
2. How does your department define Islamophobia and bias crimes, and how do you identify and track
3. Role of each agency and whom to contact – (Contact information)
4. How does each law enforcement agency collaborate with one another?
5. What training do Law enforcement officers receive to recognize and respond to Islamophobic and other
6. How will your department work with Muslim community leaders and organizations to prevent and
address Islamophobia and other bias crimes?
7. What steps do you take to ensure that investigations of Islamophobic and other bias-motivated crimes
are conducted fairly and without bias?
8. How do you address concerns that some officers may hold biases or prejudices that could impact their
ability to investigate and respond to these types of crimes objectively?
9. What resources are available to victims of Islamophobic and other bias-motivated crimes in your
jurisdiction, and how do you ensure they are aware of them?
10. How do you engage with the wider community to raise awareness about the harms of Islamophobia and
other forms of bias and encourage reporting these crimes?
11. What measures does your department take to hold perpetrators of Islamophobic and other bias-
motivated crimes accountable, and to prevent such crimes from happening again in the future?
12. What is the number of Muslims in Middlesex law enforcement agencies
13. Opportunities for Muslim youth to join law enforcement?
14. What is the Law Enforcement agency recruitment outreach process to attract minorities?
15. Are there any summer internship opportunities available for Muslim students?
Muslim Community Leaders from the following Organizations attended the meeting:
American Muslims for Democracy, Edison
Anjuman-E-Burhani Mosque, East Brunswick
Edison Muslim Community Center, Edison
IQRA Academy, Piscataway
Islamic Society of Central Jersey, Monmouth Junction
Islamic Center of East Brunswick, East Brunswick
Islamic Center of Old Bridge, Keyport
Islamic Dawah Education Academy, Metuchen
Islamic Center of South River, South River
Masjid Al-Islam, Carteret
Masjid Quba’a, Carteret
Masjid Al-Wali, Edison
Muslim Community of New Jersey, Fords
Muslim American Society of Central NJ, North Brunswick
Masjid Sadar & Community Center, Parlin
Muslim Center of Middlesex County, Piscataway
Muslim American Law Enforcement Association
New Brunswick Islamic Center, North Brunswick
New Jersey Muslim Voice for Progress
New Jersey’s Muslim American Lawyers Association
New Jersey Muslim Officers Society