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Friday, September 17, 2004

Muslim officer builds bridges


Like most Americans, Houston police officer Muzaffar Siddiqi was shaken to his core by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

A Muslim who had fought crime and terror for years in his native Pakistan, Siddiqi understood the anger and grief that was now spreading throughout his new country.

But he also understood the fear of being scapegoated that was coursing through Houston's large South Asian and Middle Eastern community.


Siddiqi was named HPD's Officer of the Year in 2001 and has received recognition from Gov. Rick Perry and from national organizations.

He is helping develop a program called Blue Bridge that will bring together Jews and Muslims and help them appreciate each other's cultures. The program likely will be expanded to include other groups he said.

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