'Few' Muslim Anti-Terror Police

January 29, 2008

Author: Barnie Choudhury

Source: BBC News


Muslim police are being prevented from playing a part in fighting terrorism, a senior Muslim officer has pointed out.

Supt Dal Babu was speaking at the first annual conference of the National Association of Muslim Police Officers.

Only a few Muslim officers work in counter-terrorism, he told his audience, who included Home Office minister Tony McNulty.

Several chief constables also attended the conference at the Police Training College in Ryton, Warwickshire.

Supt Babu added: "The NAMP believes the current vetting system is putting obstacles in the way of recruiting and promotion of BME (black minority ethnic) officers.

"This may result in low morale and the feeling of obstacles to promotion; furthermore it's likely to impact on the operational ability of the police service and its capabilities within counter-terrorism operations."