Muslim organization awarded for enhancing mutual cooperation, public safety

WASHINGTON: The FBI’s Washington Field Office has selected All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) for the 2015 Director’s Community Leadership Award for its role in building partnerships between law enforcement and the Muslim community to enhance mutual cooperation and public safety.

Recipients of this award are nominated by each of the FBI’s 56 field offices and are recognized for their services above and beyond the call of duty to help keep America and its residents safe. The award was created in 1990 as a way to honour individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in America.

“We are very fortunate to have such strong community partners in the ADAMS Centre and its leadership team. For years, the ADAMS Centre has worked tirelessly to share the perspectives and concerns of the local community with the FBI Washington Field Office and our law enforcement partners, so that we can be most responsive to the communities we serve and best prepared in keeping our citizens safe,” Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate said.

He said the organization’s goal is to form trusting relationships with the communities and people we serve. “Together, we will continue our work in educating the public about law enforcement, and preventing acts of violence, terrorism, and hate crimes, while building a safe environment for our families and communities.”

The ADAMS Centre is instrumental in developing and coordinating large scale events that engage interfaith leaders; community members; government; and law enforcement officials at the federal, state, and local level.

It provides a forum to share mutual concerns and explore ways of strengthening cooperation between law enforcement and community members.

The ADAMS Centre has hosted the FBI for several events including town hall meetings, to allow direct engagement between the FBI and community members.In addition, it regularly publishes communications to its community concerning the prevention of terrorism and all acts of violence in the United States and abroad. APP