London: The Scotland Yard has kick
started a new counter-terrorism strategy in cities with large
immigrants from South Asia, amid fears that terrorist
organisations are seeking new recruits in Britain.
The Metropolitan Police has started the `Prevent
Engagement programme` in Hounslow borough, where nearly 30 per
cent of the population is either Sikh, Muslim or Hindu, as the
police believe that terrorist organisations have attempted to
recruit in the area.
The scheme is part of a Scotland Yard trial which
began running in four London boroughs in June 2007, but is now
being rolled out across Hounslow, which is the epitome of
modern British multiculturalism. As well as Hounslow, the
programme started in Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets,
The Independent newspaper said.
"We know there are people here who would want to bring
our young people into violent extremism. When we knew that
`Prevent` was developing we were very keen to make sure that
we became a part of it," David Bilson, Chief Superintendent of
Hounslow, was quoted as saying by the British daily.
The scheme involves officers whose sole remit is to
develop and maintain links with the ethnic communities in
their area through organisations such as faith centres,
schools and youth clubs. The aim is to use the community to
help alert police to potential terrorists.
"It is not about picking on one community. But yes, we
are starting with the Muslim community because they are the
ones we know are being targeted for extremism and it is right
that is where we target our efforts," said Chief Supt Bilson.