Dearborn represented at global conference in Belgium

Department to present best practices for community engagement, trust building

DEARBORN — Police Chief Ronald Haddad was invited to speak at an international conference in Brussels, Belgium, focused on the exchange of ideas on security practices.

Dearborn was the only city and police department in the United States selected to participate.

Because the conference is taking place this week, Haddad instead chose to stay in Dearborn to oversee national election functions, participate in security meetings with corporate partners, attend an annual event honoring Dearborn service clubs and participate in long-standing Veterans Day ceremonies.

Commander David Robinson will represent the Police Department at the conference, which takes place at the Egmont Palace – Foreign Affairs Ministry.

“I am confident that Commander Robinson will provide masterful insights on our community policing and mental health intervention models in Brussels,” Haddad said. “Our lessons learned have global value.”

The workshop will feature international homeland security subject matter experts, who will present operational models that are driven by community engagement and the essential building of trust.

Additionally, conference workshops will explore the specific ways and means through which government and police services facilitate and motivate the public for effective engagement in counterterrorism policies.

Paul Goldenberg, Homeland Security Council senior advisor, will moderate the lead panel entitled, “The Importance of Community Policing.”

Haddad and Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. “are recognized nationally and around the world as thought leaders for developing security measures that are dependent on community engagement and trust-building,” Goldenberg said. “Dearborn should be extremely proud of their efforts.”

Panel discussions from the Molenbeek Social Services, European Strategic Communications Network, and the United Kingdom Metropolitan Police are anticipated. The audience will include prevention officers, federal police officials, municipal police officials, academics and researchers, and federal and municipal government officials from Belgium.

“It is indeed an honor that Dearborn was the only city in our nation selected to participate during these crucial times,” O’Reilly said. “Chief Haddad and our police department have been at the forefront of shaping critical public policy regarding homeland security.”

John Farmer, professor and special advisor to the president at Rutgers University, will be a keynote speaker and will discuss specific ways to examine the challenges relating to radicalization, violent extremism and the prevention of terror attacks.

All presentations will be translated into French, Dutch, and English for all participants at this conference.