Internet extremism (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3350
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The JAN Trust have released a report titled "Internet Extremism: Working towards a community solution" with three main recommendations to prevent radicalisation. One of the recommendations is to improve communications with the Muslim community by strengthening counter-terrorism policy consultations and by holding regular community workshops and events for young people to support discussions and address any concerns. Can you take a look at the report and look into how you can take on board this recommendation?

Answer

Answer for Internet extremism (1)

Answer for Internet extremism (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Although the lead for both direct grant funding to community groups which work on preventing radicalisation and for national consultation lies with the Home Office, both MPS and MOPAC are, however actively engaged in identifying effective routes to allow communities to be more resilient to radicalisation.  Senior MOPAC and MPS officers attended the launch of the JAN Trust report and have studied its recommendations. All borough policing teams are mapping their local communities and developing local engagement plans. A dedicated counter-terrorism strategic engagement team holds community workshops and events in areas most affected by radicalisation.

On 12 September, I convened a meeting of leaders of the key cities in England in which the majority of this work takes place to share best practice and identify any gaps in the current approach. On 29 September, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime will convene police and local authority partners to consider in depth the approach in London to countering radicalisation.