Windsor’s Muslim community hopes a town hall meeting on Friday will help foster trust and mutual collaboration with the RCMP.

The event, called Partnership for a Safer Canada, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Windsor Mosque at 1320 Northwood Dr.

It includes RCMP outreach offices from Toronto and Windsor and was initiated by the Muslim community’s leadership.

Local Muslim leaders say in the wake of terrorist plots in Canada and attacks worldwide, some Muslim families and individuals in Windsor and Canada have been visited by security agents. Many of them were scared and did not know what to make of these visits.

The group says the new anti-terrorism law has wide implications.

“The best way to deal with this situation is to proactively engage in partnership to not only prevent anything from happening but to actively promote a culture of safety and security” says Dr. Osman Tarabain, president of the Windsor Islamic Association.

Shaikh Mohamed Mahmoud, Imam of the Windsor Mosque says it’s important to preserve safety and security from a religious perspective.

“In our daily prayers, we recite from the Quran the Divine orders to prevent evil and harm,” says Mahmoud. “The Quran reserved the toughest punishment for those who breach public safety.”

The event is free and open to the public.