INKSTER, Mich. – Local Mosque raises funds to send officers through training camp
Officials in Inkster noticed a problem with the lack of diversity in the Police Department.
The department currently has 26 sworn-in officers, and only nine of them are black, including the chief.
Inkster’s Chief Riley discovered it wasn’t the lack of black applicants, but the fact that Inkster, unlike larger departments, doesn’t pay the seven $7,000 cost to go through training.
“You got almost six months in the academy. Who is going to pay your bill? Who will pay your medical? Who's going to feed your family? I said 'That's problem,'” Riley said.
Chief Riley reached out to Mayor Nolen who quickly contacted someone who would have a possible solution to the problem.
“Imam Pasha, I knew exactly who to go to,” said Nolen.
The Mayor called Imam Pasha with Masjid Malcalm Shabazz House of Worship.
The faith-based group recently purchased the old Cherry Hill High School with plans on turning it into an education center. The organization decided to cover the cost for two officers, totaling $14,000.
The funds are currently paying for two recruits in the academy who are black, and those officers will hit the streets next year.