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Passion Islam I July 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 7
£4m boost for war on terror
Dozens more counter-terrorism officers awareness of terrorism and related issues Government would be expected to spend
will be recruited in Scotland after ministers to make Scotland a safer place.” around one-tenth of that figure – some
handed police chiefs an extra £4m to Since 2003, Contest has been the £50m – but officials have revealed they
tackle the threat of Islamic extremism. UK framework for countering terrorism, allocated just £12m in the last financial
Almost a year after the attack on and the Scottish Government plays a year.
Glasgow Airport, the additional funding prominent role in delivering the Contest A spokesman for the Scottish Government
is intended to boost security at said that, unlike in England, chief
ports and airports, as well as constables in Scotland allocated
helping police do more work with money for counter-terrorism from
minority communities to boost their own budgets.
awareness of terrorism. However, police forces refuse to
The Scottish Government is say how much they spend, claiming
also working with the Association the figures are confidential, making
of Chief Police Officers Scotland it impossible to compare spending
and other key agencies to on counter-terrorism in Scotland
develop a Scottish approach against England.
to preventing terrorism as part Muslims have sought assurances
of the UK counter-terrorism that the new funding will not be
strategy, Contest. directed at creating an anti-Islamic
The £3.8m extra will help fund “terror industry.”
more than 50 new counter- Osama Saeed, the chief executive
terrorism jobs north of the border. of the Scottish-Islamic Foundation,
It will focus on areas such as said: “We are, of course, supportive
improving communications of any measures that are needed
and improving knowledge and towards our safety. What we have
understanding. in the past cautioned against is
Justice Secretary Kenny the creation of a ‘terror industry’ in
MacAskill said: “As last year’s attack strategy in Scotland. Scotland that would need to find work to
at Glasgow Airport showed, terrorism Unlike in England, there remain doubts do in order to justify its existence.
respects no boundaries. Terrorism is a about exactly how much is being spent in “We’ll be seeking assurances from the
threat to all of our communities. We all Scotland on funding counter-terrorism. government and the police that these 50
need to work together to reduce the threat Home Office figures show that it spent posts are proportionate and necessary,
of another terrorist attack. £472m in the last financial year on as there have already been issues around
“These additional counter-terrorism counter-terrorism in England and will the level of questioning at airports and
officers will help to make our ports and spent an additional £240m over the next surveillance on the ordinary activities of
airports more secure and allow the three years. young Muslims.”
police to work with communities to raise To match spending levels, the Scottish www.passionislam.com
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