On 16th January the Dialogue Society was very pleased to have the opportunity to visit Humberside Police to provide advice on “Police Engagement with the Muslim Community.” Approximately sixty people were able to attend; an excellent turnout from the Neighbourhood Beat Officers of the Wyke ward was augmented by a number of members of the Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team. There was an opportunity for people to meet each other informally over a lunch provided by the Humberside Police.
Ozcan Keles, Executive Director of the Dialogue Society, delivered a presentation covering Muslim perceptions of the Police Force and suggestions to help bring the Muslim community on board. Muslim concerns about police prejudice and hostility and the basis for these concerns were discussed frankly and constructively. Information was provided about the UK’s diverse Muslim community and about some of the essential teachings and practices of Islam. Practical ways in which the police may build positive relationships with the Muslim community were proposed and discussed. The Dialogue Society’s advice was very well received and the meeting was very positive and productive.