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The NYPD cricket league is a huge success story in police-community relations.
The police were successful in engaging the mainly Muslim Arab-speaking communities through a soccer competition, but the department was struggling to reach youths in the South Asian communities and young West Indians. The Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly, came up with the idea of cricket.
"His concept is the three Cs - crime fighting, counter-terrorism and community relations - and this is the community relations side," says Deputy Inspector Amin Kosseim, who is in charge of special projects. "We looked for a door to open with the South Asian community. A lot of them play cricket, so it was the perfect sport to partake in," he said. Deputy Inspector Amin Kosseim will tell us how the program is building trust within the Muslim community in New York and how the concept can be used with other agencies world wide to combat violence …
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