Nottinghamshire’s PCC, Paddy Tipping, has helped to raise awareness of National Refugee Week with local charities Himmah and Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum.
At an event held at the Sycamore Centre in Nottingham earlier this week, a packed audience was treated to a showing of the film produced by Prof Akbar Ahmed, ‘A Journey in Europe: Islam, Identity and Immigration’ which, the PCC stated, was a thought-provoking documentary.
The PCC then took part in a lively debate alongside Professor Peter Morey, Roger Bromley and Sajid Mohammed.
He said: “This documentary looks at the long-standing contribution that the Muslim Community has made in Europe, with a particular focus on Muslim activity in medieval times in Cordoba, Sardinia and the Balkans. This was set against present anxieties post 9/11 regarding terrorism and the stereotyping of ‘Radical’ Muslims as terrorists.
“It was a well-informed discussion looking at what we need to do in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham.”
He went on to say that he understood peoples’ concerns regarding immigration but historically it was a force for good and change. The present debate in the run-up to Thursday’s referendum has become exaggerated and we acknowledged the contribution that many newcomers have made to this country.
He added: “It’s important that the force is reflective of the community it serves. That’s why I’ve been delighted at the progress in recruiting Black and Asian officers and staff for Nottinghamshire Police and seeing Stop and Search figures at the lowest in the country. In addition, the reporting of Hate Crime is up 11% over the last 12 months which is indicative of the increased trust and confidence in the force.
“National Refugee Week, which runs from 17 June – 27 June, gives all the community an important platform on which to discuss sensitive issues which are gaining increased prominence.”
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Posted on Wednesday 22nd June 2016