Priests Urge Muslims to Join Fight against Crime

The Birmingham Post (England), October 18, 1999 | Go to article overview

Priests Urge Muslims to Join Fight against Crime


West Midlands Police is considering enlisting the help of Muslim priests in a pioneering plan to use mosques as community crime-fighting centres.

Chief Constable Mr Edward Crew has met with religious leaders and the British Pakistani Federation to discuss the scheme which would run across the region.

Under the plan the 200 Imams in the West Midlands will preach the need for their communities to support police and play their own role in crimefighting.

They, and other community leaders, will also get the chance to give regular feedback to Mr Crew on the whole range of community and ethnic issues.

Mr Crew set up a similar joint project with the Birmingham-based federation when he was head of the Northamptonshire force and he has now been presented with an award by the federation in recognition of his efforts to support the ethnic communities in both areas.

Mr Crew has also been at the forefront of a drive to stamp racism out of the force and recruit more officers from ethnic backgrounds to meet new Home Office targets.

Mr Crew said: "The more we can work with all parts of the community to defeat crime the better. I am really encouraged by the way many members of the ethnic community are willing to help us in this way.

"Racism is unacceptable wherever it is across society. …

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