Researchers from the Universities' Police Science Institute [UPSI] and the Crime and Security Research Institute (CSRI) have been commissioned to lead an international research consortium, on behalf of the Five Country Ministerial Countering Violent Extremism Working Group
After a siege lasting almost thirty-two hours in the French city of Toulouse, Mohammed Merah finally met his fate. Merah confessed to the cold-blooded killing, on three separate occasions, of seven people including three young children. Whilst the life of this complex young French male of Algerian descent has ended, the investigation into his radicalisation has merely begun. This case is considered in certain counter-terrorism circles to be part of a new phenomenon of 'lone 'wolf' attacks. However, on many occasions this is not as clear-cut. There needs to be, as with the case of Mohammed Merah, a consideration of the complexities that are already emerging.
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UPSI PhD Student Suraj Lakhani speaks on BBC Radio Wales on 22nd March 2012
Drawing on parallels with his own particular research, Suraj Lakhani provides an analysis on the radicalisation of Toulouse terrorist, Mohammed Merah.
With the appointment of Bernard Hogan-Howe as the new Met Commissioner, some public commentary has focused on the style of policing he will pursue, reflecting on the ‘total policing’ he embraced during his tenure as Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.
I first used the term total policing in 2003 in my book Understanding Social Control – but what is it? What are its principles and implications? And, how does it link with the general direction of current police reform?
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This summer, the police faced the crises of phone hacking and riots. The force is changing, but in the wrong way.
Images of police in full riot gear against a backdrop of burning buildings and marauding looters have seared themselves into the collective memory. The riots, sparked by the police shooting of a man in Tottenham (a non-police-issue gun was found at the scene), have challenged the reputation of Britain’s constabularies. In so doing, they sharpened concerns about policing that emerged a month earlier during the News International phone-hacking scandal.
Deradicalisation programme 'the Channel Project' was set up to prevent young Muslims being groomed by Al-Qaeda
Sir Norman Bettison said the project had a rocky start (Bethany Clarke)
More than 1,000 Muslims, including teenagers and children as young as seven, have been identified as being “at risk” of becoming Islamist terrorists in Britain, police have revealed.
The youngsters include a boy who told classmates he wanted “to go to Iraq and kill Americans” and another child who wrote in an exercise book: “I want to be a suicide bomber.” A 15-year-old white boy who converted to Islam said he was prepared to die for his religion.
UPSI Director Professor Martin Innes joins the debate over protection of new identities for criminals which has been sparked by the recent Jon Venables case.
"Professor Martin Innes, director of the Universities Police Science Institute at Cardiff University, said the Venables case – the first time there has been a recall by someone under such an order – is "pivotal" and means a review over how they work is now needed."
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UPSI director, Professor Martin Innes and UPSI PhD student Sergeant Sarah Tucker contributed the Executive Feature for a recent Police Professional Magazine. In the article they discuss how to best embed evidence-based policing to ensure that its merits are realised.