Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa paid a visit earlier today to a Chesterfield mosque to present a cheque for new security equipment.
The PCC agreed to provide a grant worth £2,000 to help fund new CCTV cameras at Chesterfield Muslim Association to increase security at the mosque and reassure worshippers.
During the visit, Mr Dhindsa met welfare leaders and volunteers to find out more about the support and advice services provided by the mosque to help the community on health, education and policing issues including hate crime.
“Additional security can help to deter crime and contribute to a safer community and I am really pleased to able to help,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“Hate crime is one of my top priorities as Derbyshire’s Commissioner and seeing the good work that is going on within our communities to support victims and ensure people know how and where to access help is very encouraging.”
Farooq Saddique, chairman of the Muslim Welfare Association, added: “The Muslim Welfare Association and its congregation would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the PCC. We moved into our new premises just before the pandemic took hold and were in urgent need to secure the premises.
“The PCC grant will go a long way to doing this, especially as we are a small organisation and have been hit quite hard when it comes to finance streams like numerous other charities during the lockdown.
“We hope to continue to work with the PCC in future projects that involve engaging the BAME Communities.”
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Posted on Thursday 17th September 2020