Boston, Massachusetts, and the surrounding area faced heightened tensions due to a perceived increase in Islamophobia around the fifth anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing terror attack. Boston city officials were concerned about public safety during the April 2018 running of the Boston Marathon and deployed more than 8,000 law enforcement officers from Boston and other jurisdictions to patrol the marathon route.
In response to the threats, a local police academy contacted CRS to train its newest recruits. In light of recent threats, law enforcement leaders sought additional education, protocols, and tools that could be useful for officers serving Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities.
The day after the 2018 Boston Marathon, CRS brought together 44 academy cadets and provided a customized Arab and Muslim cultural awareness training, designed by CRS and police academy officials to meet the unique needs of Massachusetts law enforcement officers.
Following the training, academy leaders decided to incorporate the training program into the standard curriculum.