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Important Information for those with links to Mosque Committees

Alert message sent 26/10/2019 20:51:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


Good evening,

The following information has been sent us for dissemination amongst our local religious establishments.
The information is more pertinent to those who are involved in our local Mosque Committees, if you have any friends or family who this would benefit - please give this information to them:

Mosques Safety and Security Programme:

We are writing to you to introduce the Mosques Safety and Security programme to you
which has been developed by Tell MAMA and in conjunction with the long track record that
Tell MAMA has in supporting victims of anti-Muslim hatred or Islamophobia.

As you will know, Tell MAMA has been working since 2011 on supporting victims of anti-
Muslim hatred and in mapping, monitoring and measuring it across the country. Our data
and our work have made a significant change in this area and have also demonstrated the
need for us to provide a safety and security programme to go hand in hand with these
services.

In light of this, the Mosques Safety and Security Programme is being led by the former
Commander in the Metropolitan Police Service, Mak Chishty, in alliance with Tell MAMA and
as part of the Mosques Safety and Security Programme. It is also being supported and
advised by the former Chief Executive of the Community Security Trust – Richard Benson
OBE.

Key services that are available as part of this package of support include:

- Assessments of vulnerabilities in relation to buildings and access and entry points.
This also includes support around policies and practices that can ensure the
safeguarding of users of mosques and staff, trustees and volunteers.

- The use of landscaping measures that can reduce access points and reduce
potential risk.

- An assessment of risk to staff, trustees and volunteers and simple measures that
they can take for their own safety and security.

- Support and advice regarding the online safety of staff, trustees and volunteers and a
risk assessment on vulnerabilities around the digital and online assets and web-sites
of mosques and Islamic institutions. This is even more important today given that
more and more people are online and that some far right sympathisers are capable
of looking for online vulnerabilities in websites.

- The development of an in-house human resource network that can ensure that safety
and security issues are embedded into the day to day work of mosques and Islamic
centres.

- Support and advice on where and how to report in online hatred, prejudice and
intolerance.

- Keeping evidence and data on potential issues that can affect the safety and security
of mosques and Islamic centres.

If you are interested in any of these services, please do not hesitate to contact us via
info@tellmamauk.org and within a changing environment where mosques and Islamic
institutions have, sadly, been previously targeted, we are here to support you.
Thanking you in advance for your time in this matter.
Yours sincerely,

Iman Atta OBE,
Director, Tell MAMA,
www.tellmamauk.org

Unit 34, 4 Montpellier Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1EE
Tel: 0800 456 1226 E-mail: info@tellmamauk.org
Facebook: TELLMAMAUK Twitter: @tellmamauk SMS: 0115 707 0007
Chair: Shahid Malik President: Richard Benson
Patrons include: Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Lord Sheikh of Cornhill, the Rev. Canon Mark
Oakley, Jonathan Bloch
The TELL MAMA campaign has been developed, implemented and co-ordinated by Faith Matters CIC, (06082225). The Tell
MAMA campaign was founded by Fiyaz Mughal OBE
Message sent by
Sarah Hogan (Police, PCSO, Bordesley Green Neighbourhood Police Team (BEFA))

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