On Thursday, October 6, 2016 and hosted by Dearborn Police Department, the American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joined fellow community based organizations, leaders, law enforcement agencies in attending the regional forum on 21st Century Policing. Along with Dearborn Police Department, the forum was hosted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The forum focused on addressing the ongoing challenges related to the impact of the fatal police shootings that several cities have witnessed thus far and the importance of community policing that help to advance the trust between police and their respective communities; and the much needed adequate training to be improved so such tragedies may not continue to occur. The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) commends the Dearborn Police Department and Chief Haddad for their leadership in planning this important forum and for engaging in such an open and honest discussion.
“AHRC affirms that constructive dialogue is the most effective way of addressing this ongoing challenge between Police and communities at large,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “Open and courageous assessment and evaluation is the way to advance the trust that leads to transparent policies and practices by all,” continued Hamad.