Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Cambridge unites to tackle extremism

Cambridge City Council, alongside the police and more than 30 community representatives have taken part in an event to raise awareness of the government’s ‘Prevent’ agenda.

‘Prevent’ focuses on ways that local communities can respond to the challenge of terrorism and extremism and the threat posed by those who promote views that encourage violence and attempt to radicalise people.

The aim is to prevent people from being drawn into violence or terrorism and ensuring they have the appropriate advice, support and understand the alternatives available to them.

The event featured speakers including Imam Adil Hussain from Bradford who is a graduate from Jamia Al Karam School, Retford, England and others from the police and the local community.

Chief Inspector Balmer gave a presentation on policing work and insight from a police prospectus. Dave Layton-Scott the Channel Coordinator spoke about the WRAP 3 training being offered by the Home Office.

Ideas for more joint working with the local community were discussed and attendees looked at ways to work with the police to support their work to tackle terrorism and extremism, both religious and practical.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “Our community partnership is not just about risks linked to the Middle East or the violence that so sadly occurred in Paris recently.

“It’s about planning how to deal with all forms of extremism and terrorism. The engagement of the community is essential if we are to keep Cambridge safe inclusive and tolerant, and we need the whole community to be alert to risks to keep us all safe.”

The event took place on Monday 26 January at Cambridge Fire Station, Parkside, Cambridge.