February 22, 2016 4:48 pm

Halifax Regional Police unveil artwork from community outreach initiative

Halifax Regional Police unveiled artwork it commissioned from the local Muslim community.

Halifax Regional Police

Halifax Regional Police unveiled artwork Monday morning that’s part of a larger initiative to solicit pieces featuring public safety themes from various community groups.

The piece on display was created by Enas Jawad from the Muslim community and features a quote from the Qur’an that reads, “O my Lord, make this land one of peace and security.”

The police force is commissioning the different artworks as part of its 20th anniversary as an amalgamated service.

The artwork prominently features a quote from the Qur’an.

Halifax Regional Police

Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais said there has been a recent “loss of public trust” in police forces around the world and forging stronger connections to various communities in the city is important.

“Now, we’re really fortunate here in Halifax, we have that good trust, but we want to go even further,” he said. “One of the communities that we recognized that we didn’t really know that well was the Muslim community.

“This piece of artwork will allow us to forge strong lasting bonds with the Muslim community for the years to come.”

Blais said the police will continue to commission different types of art from various groups. He hopes to have nine works on display at police headquarters in the next 18 months.

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