MEND has urged candidates seeking to become Police and Crime Commissioners to commit to anti-Islamophobia manifesto pledges.
A police and crime commissioner is an elected official in England and Wales charged with securing efficient and effective policing of a police area. Commissioners are elected for four-year terms and the next elections will take place in May 2016.
MEND, which seeks to get Muslims to engage in politics and media, is asking candidates for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner to commit to 12 pledges including:
- Police officers to undergo proper training on recording Islamophobia.
Improvements to security at Islamic places of worship.
- Tackling far-right extremism.
- Transparency over the PREVENT programme and referrals to Channel.
- Consultation with local Muslims organisations with crime plans.
MEND said: “With Islamophobia rising across the UK at an alarming pace, the need for Police Forces to effectively tackle Islamophobia has never been more pressing. MEND’s manifesto takes an in-depth look at the importance of recording Islamophobia properly, 3rd party reporting centres, community policing, PREVENT and ‘Channel’, recruitment and retention of Muslim police officers, tackling the far-right and much more.