Policing with Muslim Communities in the Age of Terrorism

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: Police officer on guard duty near the Royal palace. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 21

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), like many U.S. law enforcement agencies, recognizes that Muslim communities, whether in Somalia where extremists are radicalizing Americans to their cause or here in the United States, are subject to significant internal and external political, cultural, and religious pressures that make positive police-community relations difficult to achieve. In recognition of such challenges, counterterrorism and community policing need not be mutually exclusive terms; to the contrary, local police should redouble outreach efforts to American Muslim communities if they are going to effectively address terrorism and the communities’ roles in combating extremist violence.