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Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service join Derbyshire Constabulary and community leaders to celebrate Eid Al-Adha

L-R Derbyshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable, Michelle Shooter stands with community member who is shaking the hands of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Area Manager, Clive Stanbrook

On Wednesday 26 June we came together within our communities, the Derbyshire Constabulary and community leaders to celebrate Eid Al-Adha.

The event was organised by Derbyshire Association of Muslim Police (AMP) in conjunction with Derbyshire Constabulary and took place at Pride Park Stadium. It featured talks, prayers, and cultural food that complimented the evening.

The opening prayer was conducted by Shaykh Burhaan Khandia, who blessed the coming together of the many organisations in the room, blessing everyone attending and extending his thanks.

Amraez Ashraf was then welcomed to the stage to perform a graceful Islamic recitation, followed by welcome greetings from Derbyshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable, Michelle Shooter, and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Area Manager, Clive Stanbrook.

Within both the police and fire and rescue services we have associations to support those from Muslim faith, ensuring they have the policy and support in place to be able to practice their religion without obstacle. We heard from these respective associations and listened to what progress they’ve been making during the previous years.

The progress being made to represent our communities within both the police and fire and rescue services has improved, however events like this recognise there is still work to be done, and it is only through partnership working that we can continue to create organisations that are more inclusive and representative of the communities we serve.

To conclude the presentations, we heard from two community speakers who shared their experiences from within the Muslim community, and the challenges they often face. We shared in the hope of stronger relationships going forwards and the continuation of events such as this which bring together all parties within our communities.

A feast was welcomed, with traditional halal food being shared along with plenty of conversation and laughter.

Area Manager Clive Stanbrook added, “This event was a great way to build trust and cooperation with our local Muslim community.

“Celebrating Eid-al-Adha together helps us to promote inclusivity, improve communication, and ensure public safety. It also helps us to better understand cultural differences, address community concerns, and encourage greater diversity in our team.

“Building these relationships is key for working together on safety and emergency preparedness. Alongside our police colleagues, we are dedicated to supporting and celebrating all community members, creating long-term trust, and ensuring a safe and peaceful environment for everyone.”