Muslim group warns police cuts will harm trust with communities

Police Lantern UKsource: The Guardian
published: 22 November 2015

Britain’s largest Muslim group has warned that big cuts to the police planned by the Conservative government risks damaging the fight against terrorism.

The Muslim Council of Britain has previously been critical of police actions and has been branded by some as supporting extremism, which it strongly denies. But it called on Sunday for the police service to be spared a swingeing cut to its budget, fearing it would lead to reductions in neighbourhood officers.

The MCB says these officers are crucial to building trust within communities which can lead to intelligence that helps catch those planning terrorist violence.

After the Paris atrocity that left 130 people dead, George Osborne is under pressure to reduce the government’s planned cut to the policing budget when he announces on Wednesday how much money each government department will get.

The MCB is an umbrella group representing 500 Muslim organisations across Britain, including mosques, schools and charities.

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