NYPD: Relations with Muslims in region are strong


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A New York Police Department spokesman says police ties with the Muslim community remain strong. in response to a New Jersey FBI official's criticism that police monitoring of Muslims has damaged the public trust.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says that ongoing relationships with Muslims in the region have led to the arrest of several suspected terrorists in New Jersey and elsewhere. He says Ward recently praised two NYPD officers for their help in a New Jersey terror case.

 Michael Ward, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Newark Division, says Muslims have become less cooperative and distrusting since learning that police monitored Muslims at businesses and their mosques. The surveillance was detailed in a series of stories by The Associated Press.