Ibn-Hashim Bakari has spent several years in law enforcement as a juvenile correctional officer, Police Action Control Concepts (PACC) Training Instructor, Anger Management & Domestic Violence Instructor and currently a DOT Inspector.
A Proud member of the Rhode Island Minority Police Association (RIMPA) & Associate member of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers Inc. (NABLEO) over the last 20 years.
Ibn founded Lights & Sirens International (LSI) in 2009 hosting an International basketball tournament for law enforcement and public safety personnel with the mission in helping those less fortunate in the Dominican Republic with essential needs.
It was decided several years later, there was a greater need to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the minority community in the United States. So, he started organizing an annual community outreach program to help address the conflict by having both sides come together to participate in a social game of Bocce Ball and Cornhole to reduce the tension while having the tough discussion.
"Lights & Sirens International is acutely aware of the systemic racism that continues to plague our country. We personally feel the profound pain and grief that it causes and see the direct affects it has on all members of our community. It’s understandable there is much to be done on a national level while recognizing the stronger need to address this at the local level. Our program is designed to encourage students, adults and public safety personnel to be active participants in understanding the other’s perspective through cultural exposure, accountability, ego, implicit bias & conflict resolution in an effort to enable growth socially and intellectually while engaging in a physical yet social activity."