From left to right: Cpl. Dan Spivey, Chief Bob DeVries, Imam Umar Mahmood and Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper. (Photo Courtesy of Kingman Police Department.)
KINGMAN – Kingman’s Muslim community showed their gratitude toward the Kingman Police Department’s presence following the March 15 terrorist attacks on a mosque in New Zealand.
The attacks by white supremacists in Christchurch, New Zealand left 49 people dead and many others wounded.
The possibility of retribution concerned the local Muslim community and Imam Umar Farooq Mahmood of the Masjid-E-Ibrahim mosque asked Kingman Police to put extra eyes on the mosque.
KPD obliged and in return, Mahmood and his congregation collected and donated $2,500 to the department’s employee fund.
“That was not expected,” said KPD Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper. “We were overwhelmed by their generosity.”
KPD’s employee fund is used for employee support, activities and special events. During times of celebration or times of illness or bereavement the employee fund allows the department to provide a token of support and encouragement.
“We told them where the donations could go and how we could accept donations,” Cooper said. “It goes for items like food or gas cards. It helps us do those humanitarian things.”
Mahmood was equally thankful for the KPD’s extra presence.
“That was very kind of them,” he said. “We could have our congregational prayers peacefully. We donated to the funds as a token of gratitude.”
His congregation chipped in here and there and presented a check to the KPD Thursday.
“We did that with the understanding that we help our faith-based community,” Cooper said. “Not just protecting property, but providing and environment where people feel safe. We play a part in that.”
Mahmood said no threats have been made and all is well since the attacks.
He and his congregation are happy as is the KPD. “They blessed us with that donation,” Cooper said. “And it will bless our employees.”