Law enforcement officer with over 21 years of community-based police training and he is nationally recognized as the foremost leading Racial Conciliation Specialist and Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the field of Community Policing due to his unique cutting-edge approaches to utilizing Neighborhood Specific Community Based Policing as a key resource tool to urban violence prevention and racial profiling prevention.
Shafiq Abdussabur uses his creative skills and talents to forge stronger bonds between police, educators and the urban community. The results of his "works in action" are best seen in the historical areas of Dixwell, Newhallville, East Rock and Cedar Hill in New Haven. Mike Morand, Deputy Chief Communications Officer of Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs, coined Shafiq as the "Nike of urban development."
Shafiq’s unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing (where he has coined the approach of “Neighborhood Specific Policing”) have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR-Where We Live, New Haven Independent, NPR-All Things Considered, WYBC-Electric Drum, New Haven Advocate, Russian Radio, BBC, PBS, New York Daily News, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, and Al Jazeera America. He has appeared as guest host on WNPR's “Where We Live.” He is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and New Haven Register.
In 2007, he was recognized as the New Haven independent “Man of the Year.” In 2009, he authored of "A Black Man's Guide to Law Enforcement in America" a straight talk manual to interactions between police and urban males. Going beyond the "driving while black" and the “Stop-Frisk” philosophy. Shafiq’s perspective is seen as a catch 22 because he's a Black man and a 21-year veteran cop who lives and polices the inner city where he grew up. In 2012, he was elected as the President of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers (NABLEO), where he created a historical partnership with the Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence-- another prime example that Shafiq keeps going above and beyond to fight a for a cause he believes strongly in. In 2014, he was recognized as the 14th most inspirational Muslim men in America. In 2015, the African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC) awarded him “Man of the Year.” In 2015, he acquired his own educational based radio talk show on 103.5 FM entitled “Urban Talk Radio” which is also simulcast on New Orleans Talk Radio. Some of Shafiq recent literary works on National Security is published in the 2017 Spring/Summer edition of the FLETC Journal.
Recent highlighted national lectures, workshop presentations, and national security involvement include: Democratic National Convention panel speaker with Representative John Lewis “Disarm Hate: The Role of Guns in Hate Crimes" (7/2016), guest presenter at 2016 FLETC Summit on “Trending Issues in Policing” (8/2016), guest lecturer Yale University Divinity School “Black, American, Muslim, and Cop” (3/2017), workshop instructor at FBI New England Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (NE-LEEDS) “Cultural Preparedness Post Incident Command” (3/2017), FLETC national pilot training model “Countering Violent Extremism-CVE” (4/2017), certification by Amtrak Police Department, Operation RAILSAFE (6/2017).
Memberships include: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc (NABLEO), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).