Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is a retired law enforcement sergeant in Connecticut with over 21 years of community-based police training and experience. During his career, he has served as police detective assigned to major crimes, community patrol officer, chief executive officer (2007/2008), patrol sergeant (12/2014-6/2016), and district commander (7/2016 to 9/2017). Some of his assignments have included, missing persons, prisoner processing and release, fatal and non-fatal firearm assaults, youth management, gang investigation, undercover major crime investigations, urban community liaison, community development, statewide officer training/development, strategic crime planning/design and City Blockwatch Coordinator (2015).
His unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPRWhere 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 2015, he acquired his own educational based radio talk show on 103.5 FM entitled “Urban Talk Radio” which simulcasted on New Orleans Talk Radio. Some of Shafiq’s recent literary works on National Security is published in the 2017 Spring/Summer edition of the FLETC Journal.
Career highlights: In January 2007, Shafiq was appointed coordinator and program writer of the New Haven Street Outreach Workers Program, a proactive social development program aimed at reducing violent crime among youth and young adults. Within its first five months, New Haven posted an 86 percent reduction in homicides. He served as the chief executive officer for the New Haven Police Department under Police Chief Francisco Ortiz Jr. In June of 2008, both CTRIBAT Institute For Social Development Inc. (founded by Shafiq Abdussabur) and the New Haven Street Outreach Workers Program were awarded the All-American City Award in Tampa, Florida.
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.” Member of PERF, IACP, and NABLEO. Police union executive (5/2013-1/2018).
National lectures and presentations: 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), Yale University Divinity School “Black, American, Muslim, and Cop” (3/2017), Certifications: FBI- LEEDS Regional Conference, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (3/2017), DHS Countering violent extremism-CVE Glynco, G.A. (4/2017). Amtrak RAILSAFE Counter Terrorism-CT, (6/2017).