UK Police Map Muslims

Scotland Yard will map nook and cranny in Britain to prevent British Muslims from turning to extremism and to stamp out zones potential to create extremists or terror sympathizers.

UK Police Map Muslims

Scotland Yard will map nook and cranny in Britain to prevent British Muslims from turning to extremism and to stamp out zones potential to create extremists or terror sympathizers.

"You have to assess where the need is greatest. Just relying on the census data for the number of Muslims in an area is not detailed or sophisticated enough," a senior police source privy to the new strategy told the Guardian on Thursday, February 28.

The plan, marked restricted and approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) this week, will be rooted in "neighboring profiling."

"This will allow us to connect with all groups and to understand what is normal and what is unusual," reads the 40-page document, a copy of which was obtained by the daily.

"We need to continually improve our knowledge about communities and how they function both in a social and religious context."

The ACPO, a top-level counter-terror committee, has put forward the new plan on the ground that little progress had been made to fight terror despite police efforts.

"It's a recognition that it is a major and important new area of work and the police should see it as a mainstream area of work," said the senior police source.

All-inclusive

The plan, expected to enter into fruition within weeks, is all-inclusive as it targets schools, colleges, prisons and even websites.

It envisages anti-extremism guides to parents on how to protect their children from visiting extremist websites.

"The internet is a potential area where a tendency towards violent extremism can be exploited," reads the document.

"Parents and carers have a need for advice on how to control access for their children and to understand what defines the legal/potentially illegal divide."

The new strategy stipulates that all state-maintained educational establishments from primary schooling through to universities will have an anti-extremism guide as of the 2008/9 academic year.

It says there is a "pressing need to develop the growing relationships between the police and the education sector at every level with regard to preventing violent extremism."

The Higher Education Ministry issued on Tuesday, January 22, a guidance for university and college campuses to combat "the threat of violent extremism."

The "tool kit" advises universities to avoid "segregation" of pupils by declining requests for Muslim prayer and ablution facilities.

The ministry also calls universities to have a clearly publicized code of practice on freedom of speech and share information with security services regarding suspicious pupils and external speakers.

The guide drew rebuke from student groups, Muslim and non-Muslim, as well as professors over would provoking suspicion and animosity towards innocent students.

Building Trust

The new strategy, at the same time, says police must try rebuilding burnt bridges of trust with the Muslim minority, estimated at two million.

"Research last year revealed that the police service would be very low on the list of agencies that the Muslim community would turn to if they had concerns about a member of their community who embraced violent extremism," it admits.

"…the police service has a long way to go in building a relationship of trust around these issues."

The Muslim minority has been in the eye of the storm since the 9/11 attacks, complaining of a growing Islamophobic climate in the European country.

Unlike similar plans in the past, the new document does accept that foreign policy can be a key factor in fueling terrorism.

Stopping short of mentioning the Iraq war, the document urges police officers to "effectively address grievances" sparked by British foreign policy.

"This objective is not for the police alone. Some grievances will be international in dimension."

The London-based Royal Institute of International Affairs has said that the Iraq war gave a momentum to Al-Qaeda's recruitment and fundraising and made Britain more vulnerable to terror attacks.

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