On November 16, Officer Abdullah Syidi and Officer D. Fisher of the Aurora Police Department joined the IRC in Denver's Cultural Orientation Session to educate 32 of the IRC in Denver’s clients on the topics of U.S. Laws, Municipal Laws, Police Interactions, and Emergency Services. To be inclusive, the event had simultaneous interpretation in Dari, Arabic, and Spanish. The officers' expertise and knowledge guaranteed a very informative presentation, yet it was their relatability and sense of humor that made the morning truly enjoyable and impacted attendees in a remarkable way.
"Our clients were provided with valuable information on accessing emergency services,"
says Kelsey Grim, Education Program Coordinator at the IRC in Denver.
"Officer Syidi and Officer Fisher explained the importance of knowing the appropriate emergency phone numbers, such as 911, and how to effectively communicate with emergency operators. They also discussed the different types of emergencies and the appropriate actions to take in each situation. For example, they emphasized the need to stay calm and provide clear and concise information to emergency responders."
Another crucial topic covered in the session was how to effectively interact with the police. The officers shared insights on the rights and responsibilities of individuals when encountering law enforcement officers. They emphasized the importance of remaining calm, respectful, and cooperative during police interactions. They also discussed the significance of understanding and exercising one's rights, such as the right to remain silent and the right to legal representation. By providing practical examples and scenarios, the officers helped attendees gain a better understanding of how to navigate police encounters.
"Officer Syidi and Officer Fisher further dedicated a significant portion of the session to educating attendees about basic U.S. laws,"
explains Homayoon Milad, Community Engagement Manager at the IRC in Denver.
"They really took the time to discuss fundamental legal concepts, such as the presumption of innocence, due process, and the role of the judiciary. They also highlighted specific laws that are particularly relevant to newcomers, such as traffic laws and laws regarding personal safety. By explaining these laws in a clear and accessible manner, the officers ensured that attendees left the session with a better understanding of their rights and obligations under U.S. law."
The presentation by Officer Abdullah Syidi and Officer D. Fisher at the IRC in Denver's Cultural Orientation Session was a resounding success and the IRC in Denver hopes to offer it on a monthly basis from now on. The comprehensive coverage of emergency services, interactions with the police, and basic U.S. laws provided attendees with valuable knowledge and insights. By engaging the audience and encouraging interactivity, the officers ensured that the session was not only informative but also enjoyable. The impact of their presentation will undoubtedly have a lasting effect on the attendees, empowering them to navigate their interactions with emergency services and law enforcement in a confident and informed manner.
"I believe this was a remarkable step towards fostering understanding and trust between law enforcement and our newly arrived clients. It was incredible to see our clients' enthusiasm and take selfies with the officers at the end of the session, highlighting a positive and friendly interaction,"
concludes Homayoon Milad, Community Engagement Manager at the IRC in Denver.
The IRC in Denver thanks the Aurora Police Department for their collaboration and extends a heartfelt thank you to Officer Abdullah Syidi and Officer D. Fisher.