09 March 2015

Muslim ex-police officer criticises Prevent anti-terror strategy

The government's anti-terror strategy has become "a toxic brand", a Muslim former senior police officer has said.

.... But Mr Babu, who retired from the Metropolitan Police two years ago, said cases like those of the three London schoolgirls who have gone to Syria had caught the authorities unaware.

He said because police counter-terrorism units were mainly white, with few Muslim officers, they did not fully understand issues of race, Islam and gender.

He said: "Sadly, Prevent has become a toxic brand and most Muslims are suspicious of what Prevent is doing." [BBC] Read more