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Muslim Community Patrol becomes the 'eyes and ears' of Brooklyn *PARTNER CONTENT*

United States, New York City
May 04, 2019 at 22:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Brooklyn's 'Muslim Community Patrol' (MCP) wants to be the 'eyes and ears' of the neighbourhood.

Footage filmed by RT in New York City on Saturday, takes a look at a new patrol unit aiming to ensure safety is back in Brooklyn.

The 'Muslim Community Patrol' was started by Mohammad Khan, a Brooklyn resident originating from Yemen, in response to growing concerns over anti-Muslim attacks across the word.

MCP has about 30 members in Brooklyn and works in cooperation with local organisations and police to protect the Muslim and non-Muslim community.

"We are the ears and the eyes for the community. So we make sure, we take in reports of whatever might be happening from the community, local issues, even from the NYPD (New York Police Department), to help go around," Khan said.

According to him "presence is prevention and that's what we are trying to do."

Volunteers operate from a patrol car draped in the colours of NYPD with an insignia resembling their emblem in an effort to give the impression of a police car.

"Anyone who is having an evil intention, when they see a car like ours and an uniform like ours, they might think twice of doing something."

For Khan, people from any religion can join, since their activities have no religious character and the community has had a very positive response to their efforts.

Muslim patrol volunteers explain cultural nuances, respond to traffic accidents and even help in searches of missing people.

The unit is backed by Brooklyn's borough president, Eric L. Adams and assistant Chief Brian J. Conroy, who is the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.

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Brooklyn's 'Muslim Community Patrol' (MCP) wants to be the 'eyes and ears' of the neighbourhood.

Footage filmed by RT in New York City on Saturday, takes a look at a new patrol unit aiming to ensure safety is back in Brooklyn.

The 'Muslim Community Patrol' was started by Mohammad Khan, a Brooklyn resident originating from Yemen, in response to growing concerns over anti-Muslim attacks across the word.

MCP has about 30 members in Brooklyn and works in cooperation with local organisations and police to protect the Muslim and non-Muslim community.

"We are the ears and the eyes for the community. So we make sure, we take in reports of whatever might be happening from the community, local issues, even from the NYPD (New York Police Department), to help go around," Khan said.

According to him "presence is prevention and that's what we are trying to do."

Volunteers operate from a patrol car draped in the colours of NYPD with an insignia resembling their emblem in an effort to give the impression of a police car.

"Anyone who is having an evil intention, when they see a car like ours and an uniform like ours, they might think twice of doing something."

For Khan, people from any religion can join, since their activities have no religious character and the community has had a very positive response to their efforts.

Muslim patrol volunteers explain cultural nuances, respond to traffic accidents and even help in searches of missing people.

The unit is backed by Brooklyn's borough president, Eric L. Adams and assistant Chief Brian J. Conroy, who is the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.

M/S Muslim Community Patrol MCP) volunteer Nazrul Islam gets in car, New York City

M/S Volunteer

C/U MCP car leaves

W/S MCP car patrolling Brooklyn

M/S Volunteer in car

C/U Steering wheel

C/U Volunteer

SOT, Mohammad Khan, MCP founder: "We are the ears and the eyes for the community. So we make sure, we take in reports of whatever might be happening from the community, local issues, even from the NYPD (New York Police Department), to help go around, back and forth through the blocks, to see what we can help with. As we know, presence is prevention and that's what we are trying to do. Anyone who is having an evil intention, when they see a car like ours and an uniform like ours, they might think twice of doing something."

C/U Car

C/U Flasher

SOT, Mohammad Khan, MCP founder: "It's called the 'Muslim [Patrol]' to show that the majority of the volunteers are from a specific group. And we want to let the people know that we're here for you guys. Many people think that we're close- minded, we're not open to public. No. We are here, we smile, we are welcoming everyone, we just want to be friends with our neighbours."

Reporter: "Are your activities religiously-motivated? Are you guided by your religion as you patrol?"

SOT, Mohammad Khan, MCP founder: "No, nothing has to do with that."

M/S Car

C/U Car

SOT, Mohammad Khan, MCP founder: "To be honest, when we drive around the community just loves us. We had people who stopped at the middle of the road [asking:] "How can I join?" And they're, we get calls all the time, we get emails upon emails [asking] how can they join and they want to help out. So, I think it's a misunderstanding to say that people are not happy with us. But rather, the supporters they are way more than any hate. I think we have been getting a lot of love by the community. That is why we are still here."

W/S Volunteer's jacket *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Reporter: In order to join the muslim patrol do you have to be Muslim?

SOT, Mohammad Khan, MCP founder: No, you don't have to be Muslim.

SOT, Reporter: Do you have non-Muslim members?

SOT, Mohammad Khan, MCP founder: "We do have non-Muslim members."

SOT, Reporter: "Ok, can you tell us about that?"

SOT, Mohammad Khan, MCP founder: "One of our members is Alihan Disayes, he volunteered with us for some time. Now he got occupied with his job. But we have more applications that are coming in."

SOT, Reporter: "What was his religion?"

SOT, Mohammad Khan, MCP founder: "He was Christian. He was Christian."

SOT, Reporter: "Do you have Christians, you have others...?"

SOT, Mohammad Khan, MCP founder: "We have everybody, we welcome everybody. Whoever wants to volunteer with us - please. We are here to protect our communities. No one knows their community better then themselves, the people within the community. So we encourage everyone to come and join us, help us, making our communities safe."

M/S Khan and Islam

C/U Islam

C/U Stripe

W/S MCP car

C/U Car

SOT, Reporter: "Have you heard of this?"

SOT, Brooklyn local: "No."

SOT, Reporter: How do you feel about such a thing?

SOT, Brooklyn local: "With muslim patrol, I think, it would be much safer in the neighbourhood. Everybody would feel safe."

SOT, Reporter: "Is it a good idea?"

SOT, Brooklyn local: "Yeah. It is a good idea."

W/S Car *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Brooklyn local: "I don't think the should be any [patrols]. It's just, leave it up to the cops in general, but if that's will help someone get comfortable with an area, then by all means. As long as no one gets hurt."

W/S Brooklyn street

M/S Woman at balcony

W/S Brooklyn street

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