Date: August 10-11, 2016
Location: University of Michigan-Dearborn
Description: The Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Officers Association (MELOA) held their Inaugural Diversity Training Conference on August 10th and 11th, 2016 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus. Steward Media assisted in the coordination of the event.
Over 200 participants gathered at the two day conference to discuss building bridges and advancing objectives for the safety and security of all Americans. Guests included law enforcement professionals interested in gaining a better ground in community outreach activities, and best practices on de-escalation methods, citizen advisory groups, and youth outreach programs.
The event consisted of networking, a Diversity and Inclusion Panel, a Cultural Awareness Panel and a visit to the Arab-American National Museum. The conference also included remarks from Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security, Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director Sarah Saldaña of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade of the Eastern District in Michigan.
“It has been proven, time and again, that a law enforcement community, a police force, a law enforcement organization that looks like the community that they serve builds trust,” said Secretary Johnson. “When I look around this room at all the people who work for DHS, I have tremendous optimism for our future.”
Steve Francis, President of MELOA, is optimistic on the future of the organization after the conference. “The inaugural conference was excellent and we envision that MELOA will have a direct, positive impact in the communities by building one bridge at a time. We were really excited to have DHS leadership supporting MELOA and it was important to have the DHS employees and community and business leaders to hear it directly from DHS leadership. We are looking forward to the future of this association and expanding it across the country.”
It was a pleasure to work with the Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Officers Association and we are proud to support such a great organization.
The Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Officers Association (MELOA) is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized association comprised of Middle Eastern law enforcement agents, officers and other DHS professionals. MELOA welcomes all DHS employees as members.
MELOA’s goal is to create positive interactions between law enforcement and the Middle Eastern community through outreach and mentorships, as well as providing assistance to local law enforcement agencies with language, cultural, and training support. MELOA will also focus efforts on charitable and humanitarian activities within and outside of our communities. MELOA remains committed to building trust through community engagement.
For more on MELOA, please visit their website!
For more information call 248-973-6070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the event featured in The Daily Beast here!