Providing Homeland Security in a multi-cultural community takes an understanding of the people whom you serve; their cultural traditions, their historical experiences and their perspectives on our capabilities and intentions.
Giving formal presentations to introduce your organization is just the start. The true measure of your understanding of other cultural traditions comes from when they are comfortable enough to invite you to participate in their celebrations.
Don’t miss opportunities to learn from others what they think, feel and experience. Building trust helps new communities to better understand your mission and how they can play a role in protecting their community.
At a recent Punjabi celebration, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan and I joined with friends who are also leaders in my community to watch the Kabaddi Cup games. During the game, we talked and recognized that there was an opportunity to address a concern involving ethnic intimidation and racism by going on Global Punjab TV during a break in the games.
This opportunity to speak live to 62 countries during a major international sporting event was incredible. Being able to speak about our commitment to protecting all races and religions equally was only made possible by our friendship fostered through trust, honesty and mutual respect.
Presentations are a start. Celebrating our cultures is a progression. Working together is the future of making our shared Homeland secure.