Friday, 16 March 2012
Police in Tameside learn about Islamic awareness
Police in Tameside have taken part in a course to update their knowledge about Islam and the Muslim community.
Sergeant Zaheer Ali devised the course to offer practical advice when officers are dealing with the Muslim community. Mohammed Seedat, who works for Tameside’s Third Sector Coalition (T3SC) and is an imaam at Ashton-under-Lyne Mosque, helped to deliver it.
The course saw officers visit a mosque and were given the chance to have an insight into the daily life of people from the Muslim community which included topics such as origin of Islam, cultural differences between different Islamic groups and the five pillars of Islam.
So far 44 local officers have been trained.
Sergeant Zaheer Ali, from the Tameside South Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We respect the diverse nature of the communities we serve and this is just one way of enhancing our links in this area.
“Initiatives and training like this have benefits for everyone. It helps to raise important issues and enables officers to have the latest information, which in turn helps when they are supporting the Muslim community.
“This would not have been possible without the support of Tameside Council and T3SC and we look forward to seeing relationships tighten as a result.” Greater Manchester Police