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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca listens to Dafer Dakhil, right, chairman of the Muslim American Homeland Security Congress, at the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation in Los Angeles in March of last year. Just days before, Baca had tangled with a Republican congressman about Baca having attended fundraisers for the Islamic nonprofit group the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA, February 25, 2011 ... L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Sherif Morsi, center in uniform, and Sgt. Mike Abdeen are among those listening to a sermon on Feb. 25. Weekly prayers followed at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley mosque in Rowland Heights. Sgt. Abedeen and Deputy Morsi were given the full-time task of Muslim community outreach. The efforts, observers say, have helped the Sheriff's Department to forge ties and create trust.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Sgt. Mike Abdeen prays at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley mosque.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Deputy Morsi, left in uniform, and Sgt. Abdeen at the February sermon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Morsi offers Friday prayers. The outreach that Morsi and his partner are involved in is a product of Sheriff Lee Baca's empathy for the Muslim American community following 9/11 as well as his need to pinpoint legitimate terror concerns among the thousands of tips that flooded the agency following the terrorist attack. Baca said he needed his deputies inside Muslim communities.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Morsi, center, talks to a young member of the Muslim congregation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Qari Sulaiman, left, greets Sgt. Abdeen at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley mosque.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Ashraf Jakvani, Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley secretary, left, takes Morsi and Abdeen on a tour of the mosque under construction.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, greets Maher Hathout, left, a spokesman with the Islamic Center of Southern California, at the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation in March of 2010. At right is Baca's driver, Sgt. Bruce Chase.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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In the law-enforcement world, where much of the attention on Muslim Americans has focused on counter-terrorism, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has put a premium on outreach. Baca has made a point of showing his support, even taking his sometimes-combative approach to the halls of Congress. The sheriff also has devoted two deputies full time to the task of Muslim community outreach.

2 Comments

  1. April 19, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Contrast Sheriff Baca with the clown Joe Arpaio. One a decent man in tune with the reality of our world, willing to take constructive measures to protect us and keep the peace, the other an anachronistic throw back to a racist past in American history, relying on fear and ignorance to propel his agenda.

  2. January 2, 2012, 1:02 pm

    Sheriff Baca certainly makes us all feel warm and fuzzy yet he fails to operate a safe jail system, crime has skyrocketed in many of his neighborhoods, and he fails to investigate or punish deputies who abuse inmates or use excessive force.
    His deputies will also illegally detain anyone excersizing their first amendment right inside a transit station to take a picture. There are currently several ACLU law suits regarding this.
    Sheriff Baca is a failure and will be soon replaced.

    By: PMSTRODE33@AOL.COM

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