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Somali American Council Of Oregon


SACOO mission is to empower the Somali community by enhancing relationships between members of the community and between the community and state wide and/or federal agencies while also promoting cultural expression and diversity.

In partnership with existing Somali community organizations, SACOO conducts outreach and promotes dialog on public policy issues.  

Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO) is dedicated to improving our community an environment by creating of hope and unity. We promise to work tirelessly to improve conditions in our community and affect positive change in the world around us. We affirm the importance of working together to find solutions. SACOO will operate lawfully and respectfully in all matters. We will not profit from our endeavors. We believe in fairness for all. SACOO will not waiver in the conviction to create a better community for all

Signed this on Jan 14, 2011

Musse Olol

Head of SACOO

First Somali American police officer in Oregon

As Khalid Ibrahim walked across the stage Thursday to accept his new Portland police badge, members of his Somali community shouted encouragement, clicked photos and smiled with pride.

"It's a victory, four years in the making. It's a historic moment,'' said Musse Olol, who chairs the Somali American Council of Oregon.

Ibrahim, 24, not only is the first Somali American officer in Portland, but the first to be hired in the state.

After the arrest of Mohamed Mohamud in November 2010 for trying to set off a bomb at the holiday tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Portland, members of the Somali community approached police, the FBI and federal prosecutors with the hope of developing personal relationships.

"At that time, a bridge did not exist,'' Olol said.

That effort -- coupled with ongoing outreach by Portland patrol Officer Natasha Haunsperger, who as a refugee from war-torn Croatia felt a particular kinship with Portland's immigrants – helped improve police relations with many in the estimated 8,000-member Somali population in the metro area.