Officers may also be required to visit mosques in order to “raise cultural awareness.” “Police and Muslims to swap roles so officers can be more sensitive,” by Michael Howie for the Scotsman, December 2:
ANTI-TERROR police hope to participate in role-reversal sessions with Muslims in an attempt to ease concerns about the “harassment” of Scottish Asians travelling through Glasgow Airport.
The away-days are designed to improve relations between police and the Muslim community and reach a common understanding about the need to question people at the airport.
The move, based on a pilot scheme south of the Border called Operation Nicole, is among a raft of proposals that the country’s head of anti-terrorism will put to aggrieved Muslims, who say they are continually harassed by repeated interrogations when they arrive in Scotland from Pakistan.
Other steps drawn up by Assistant Chief Constable Allan Burnett include ensuring special branch officers at ports wear uniforms, the introduction of “behavioural detection” training to teach officers how to spot potential terrorists, visits to mosques to raise cultural awareness and a mentoring scheme for new special branch recruits.
The creation of a new body to maintain dialogue between police and the Muslim community will also be discussed…