Police Engagement with the Muslim Community

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Humberside Police

Dr Ozcan Keles

Dr Ozcan Keles

Chairperson of the Dialogue Society

Ozcan is a non-practising Barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn. He is the Chairperson of the Dialogue Society since 2008; was the Executive Chairperson of the same organisation between 2008 and 2014; the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed biannual academic Journal of Dialogue Studies since 2014 and a full-time PhD candidate in the sociology of human rights at the University of Sussex. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research student with Prof Kevin Boyle at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, where he held the Scholarship Award of 2006. Ozcan was called to the Bar in 2005 after successfully completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, in 2002.

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.