Edgbaston police officer's address to Islamic Society of Birmingham University
An Edgbaston Neighbourhood police officer, who is a former Imam, talked about the importance of communities living in harmony when he spoke at a meeting for the Islamic Society of Birmingham University recently.
PC Emad Choudhury addressed the group as they shared Iftaar - the meal in which Muslims open their Ramadan fast on Saturday (25 May).
PC Choudhury, who previously led prayers at a mosque in Balsall Heath, was invited to attend the event together with other members of his neighbourhood team.
Speaking at the event which hosted attendees from a variety of faiths, PC Choudhury said: “It’s nice to see so many different faces from all backgrounds who make up the beautiful community that we serve every day.”
“As officers we are exposed to the most harrowing of incidents, and it constantly gives us an opportunity to reflect on what really matters. I go home every day and think that life is so short. We should use this time and focus on the good we have.
“Let us focus on people, our friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and everyone who makes up our community. Let’s live in peace, harmony and let the softness of the heart be at the forefront of our dealings with one another.
PC Emad Choudhury urged everyone at the event to be in touch with their neighbourhood policing teams: “Get to know them on a first name basis. The sharing of community concerns, information and intelligence are an integral part of policing.”