Forum on Policing In the Somali-Canadian Community

Forum on Policing In the Somali-Canadian Community: A Community Dialogue

The Forum presented by Positive Change Toronto in collaboration with the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Labour and Community Services, and the 23 Division Somali Police Liaison Unit was a highly engaging community event and great strategies were shared by the 2 guest officers from the Minneapolis Police Department. Attendees at the event benefitted from the dialogue, idea generation and sharing that focused on better social outcomes in policing that would benefit the Somali-Canadian diaspora and our diverse city

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Date: Saturday, January 17, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, registration begins at 9:00 am
Location: Woodbine Banquet Hall – 30 Vice Regent Blvd.

Purpose: While Toronto is not Minneapolis, there is a lot of practical knowledge that can be taken away from the success of Minneapolis Police Department’s engagement with the Somali-American community. The Toronto-Minneapolis Officers’ Exchange Program will offer Minneapolis Police Department the opportunity to spend 4 days with the Toronto Police Service and observe policing in the Canadian-Somali community.
This forum seeks to encourage mutual learning regarding neighbourhood policing between the American-Somali community and the Canadian-Somali community.

Keynote Speaker: Sgt. Mohamed Abdullahi from Minneapolis Police Department


09:30 – 10:00 am Arrival registration refreshment
10:00 – 10:15 am Opening ceremony and welcome
Quran recitation
Urban Alliance on Race Relations Intro
Deputy Chief Peter Sloly to welcome guest on behalf of Toronto Police Service
Chair Dr. Alok Mukherjee to welcome guest on behalf of Toronto Police Services Board
10:15 – 10:20 Faduma Mohamed to introduce the keynote speaker
10:20 – 10:50 Keynote address by Sgt. Abdullahi
11:00 – 11:45 Panel Discussion (4 panelists x 15min each)
Policing Perspective: SLU sergeant Brett McFarquer
Youth Perspective: Zack Omar
Parent Perspective: Ayan from Dixon
Research Perspective: Sharon Simpson
Moderator: Idil Burale
11:45 – 12:45 Q&A
12:45 – 1:00 Closing Remarks – Faduma Mohamed


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