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CHANGE STARTS WHEN LEADERS HAVE A CLEAR VISION OF HOW SITUATION COULD BE. 

" Leaders are potential power holders, but not all power holders are leaders. Authority is a legitimated power, and at highest stage of morale development, persons are guided by ethical principles of justice, such as equity of human rights, and respect for individual integrity.  
    
 Honesty, and credibility are desirable characteristics and are important for leaders because will inspire trust in others, and integrity in attitude and action.  
      
As President Abraham Lincoln said, to quote: “ If we could know where we are now, and where we should ought to go, we could better judge what to do and how to do it."  


Allow me to share about a great leader and man of honesty and integrity, who have always served our communities with esteem and devotion!







 
POLICE PROFESSIONALISM AND COMMUNITY POLICING:
A Successful Great Leader, who deserve to become the New Chief of our Phoenix Police Department (Right Person for the Right Job).
 
 I had the honor and privilege to become acquainted with Chief Kurtenbach, during his tenure as Commander and Asst. Phoenix Police Chief. In 2011 I had the opportunity to participate the Phoenix Police Citizen Academy and then several Members of the refugee community had, through my recommendation, attended the Police Citizen Academy, which has created a very positive impact among the refugee community, who tend to have a negative perception of law enforcement.
           
Chief Kurtenbach have initiated a program for community engagement, a refugee safety initiative and establishment of refugee Police Advisory Board, which has been very successful in bringing Phoenix Police closer to the refugee community.
 
Chief Kurtenbach’s orientation is toward improving public safety, achieving more effective and efficient crime control, reducing fear of crime, improving quality of life and improving police services through a proactive reliance on community engagement.
 
Throughout my experience, I have witnessed that the strategy of Chief Kurtenbach on community policing is to increase interest in how to best involve citizens in the policing process. His plan is to have Police and citizens to join together as partners; and I am honored and privileged to be part of it!
 
It has been great to get involved in community oriented policing, focusing for greater accountability of engaging community in the policing process, greater public share in decision-making and greater concern for civil rights and liberties.
 
 Chief Kurtenbach lectured and positively interacted with a high number of Refugee and Somali community leaders, religious leaders, elders, youth and members of our women empowerment group, and in a very polite and humble way answered all their questions and concerns.
 
This has created a very positive change in the refugee community, who tend to have a negative perception due to negative experiences at their country of origin.  
 
Chief Kurtenbach well understood that in Somalia and in most Developing countries, law enforcement and military authorities are extremely feared.  His interaction and presentation was part legal education, part empowerment programs and most important, teaching that law enforcement officers are friend not foe, ensuring good relations between the Phoenix Police Department and the refugee community to prevent criminal activity and promoting peace and respect.
 
As President of the New American Community & Somali American United Council of Arizona, my focus has always been on educating and empowering refugee for the legal system to ensure good relations with the law enforcement agencies and a safety group to prevent criminal activity and promote peace and respect in the refugee community; and without the support and great guidance of Chief Kurtenbach this would not have been possible to achieve.
 
Chief Kurtenbach’s actions as a great leader inspired us to have confidence in him and that in turn resulted in the refugee community in Phoenix to have confidence in themselves, active successes in their lives and to become productive law-abiding citizens (Leadership and culture are two sides of the same coin).
 
Change starts when leaders have a clear vision of how situation could be better.
 
Chief Kurtenbach’s great vision is always in our minds and in our creative and positive thinking.  
His effective leadership, unique insight and fine qualities have laid a foundation that has resulted and will continue to result in great cross-cultural understanding, innovation and the continuing development of a strong strategy for New Americans community (Refugees) to become productive law-abiding citizens that can properly integrate into the mainstream American society for great patriotism.
 
As Global citizen, Chief Kurtenbach has much share; and his openness to evaluation will be a continuing characteristic of his professional qualities. Finally, Chief Kurtenbach has become a close personal friend, a man that I trust and for whom I have the utmost respect.
 
I appreciate the opportunity to write on his behalf and if you wish to discuss further, please give me a call at 602 710 6911, 602 522 2100 or send me an email through m.abukar@somaliunitedcouncil.org, m.abukar@cox.net 
 
Thank you!
 
Mohamed Ali Abukar, Ph. D
Chair, Refugee Police Advisory Board
Board’s President, New American Community Inc.
Founder  &President, Somali American United Council of AZ



     

 Leaders are potential power holders, but not all power holders are leaders. Authority is a legitimated power, and at highest stage of morale development, persons are guided by ethical principles of justice, such as equity of human rights, and respect for individual integrity.  
     
     Honesty, and credibility are desirable characteristics and are important for leaders because will inspire trust in others, and integrity in attitude and action.  
      
     As President Abraham Lincoln said, to quote: “ If we could know where we are now, and where we should ought to go, we could better judge what to do and how to do it.   
      
     SAUCAZ’s future Plans of Action is to organize around the rational allocation of resources directed towards achieving desired and formulated goals.  







GREAT AWARD:
     On Friday, July 26 2013 The Director Office of Refugee Resettlement Mr. Eskinder Negash Awarded SOMALI AMERICAN UNITED COUNCIL of Arizona, for strong commitment and ongoing advocacy for refugee women’s Health and for many contributions to the Somali women’s health PROJECT.
 
      It has been a great honor and privilege to welcome Ms. Essey Workie, Director of Refugee Health Division at the office of refugee resettlement and Dr. Cori Kim, Medical Officer office of the Director at our very humble center.



SAC JAMES TURGAL, A SUCCESSFUL GREAT LEADER: 

     We had the honor and privilege to become acquainted with Special Agent in Charge James Turgal, during his tenure as head of the Phoenix office of the FBI. Over a five months period, the FBI conducted its CREST Program at our center of the Somali American United Council of Arizona.
 
     SAC Turgal lectured and positively interacted with a high number of Somali community leaders, religious leaders, elders, youth and members of our women empowerment group, and in a very polite and humble way answered all their questions and concerns. This created a very positive impact among this refugee community, who tend to have a negative perception of law enforcement due to negative experiences at their country of origin.
 
     SAC Turgal well understood that in Somalia and in most African countries, law enforcement and military authorities are extremely feared.   Many Somali refugees experience PTSD and, hailing from a nomadic society, are generally suspicious of centralized authority.   His presentation was part legal education, part empowerment programs and most important, teaching that law enforcement officers are friend not foe, ensuring good relations between the law enforcement agencies and the refugee community to prevent criminal activity and promoting peace and respect.
 
     SAC Turgal’s actions as a great leader inspired us to have confidence in him and that in turn resulted in the refugee community in Arizona to have confidence in themselves, active successes in their lives and to become productive law-abiding citizens (Leadership and culture are two sides of the same coin).

Change starts when leaders have a clear vision of how situation could be better.

SAC TURGAL’s great vision will be always in our minds and in our creative and positive thinking.  His effective leadership, unique insight and fine qualities have laid a foundation that has already resulted and will continue to result in great cross-cultural Understanding, innovation and strong strategy for New Americans (Refugees) to become productive law-abiding citizens that can properly integrate into the mainstream American society for great patriotism.
 
     We will with honor continue to apply his great vision and keep the flame alive.
 
     Although, we can’t thank enough, on behalf of the Refugee community, SOMALI AMERICAN UNITED COUNCIL of Arizona, I and my family would like to express our gratitude and thanks from the bottom of our hearts for all the great work he did and we wish him and his family all the very best and success in his new endeavor.
     
THANK YOU!  


Mohamed Ali Abukar, PhD 
Founder & President 






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