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- June 27, 2015
For Muslim police officer Albert Fatileh, the force is useful so long as it represents the community it seeks to protect. “The police are the community and the community are the police,” the 57-year-old Victorian police officer said, borrowing from former British prime minister and founder of modern policing Robert Peel.
Constable Fatileh is a founding member of the Victoria Police Muslim Association, which supports relationships between the Muslim community and the force, particularly Islamic youth, as well as providing language and cultural advice to non-Muslim police members. “I’m hoping this association can help change some of these perceptions,” he said.
Victoria Police was the nation’s first police service to introduce a dedicated multicultural unit, in 1983, staffed by bilingual and multicultural background officers.
Since then, it has introduced a number of Islamic imams as police chaplains. “There are Muslims who are willing and wishing to serve and actually protect the community,” Constable Fatileh said.
- “The Australian”
- Picture: Aaron Francis Source: News Corp Australia