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Community Voice

09 May 2006

26 Vaisaakh (Samvat 538 Nanakshahi)

UNITED SIKHS Responds to a Community Consultation by the UK Police

London, UK - UNITED SIKHS has responded to questionnaires on policing issues from the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police. These responses presented the findings from sample studies questioning Sikhs about their views of both these Police organisations in the light of events such as 7/7 London bombings and the recent stop and search campaign.

Responses were collected from members of the UK Sikh community, of all ages and both genders, and present a small-scale indication of the community’s main concerns from interaction with the Police. Actual responses from the interviewees were used were applicable.

Questions asked included:

1. What feelings and perceptions have you experienced relating to July 7th
2. How does stop and search affect the Sikh Community?
3. When Sikhs are detained, what is the best method of preserving the artefacts?
4. Further implications of Behtzi (a controversial play portraying immoral acts at a Gurdwara, which led to public Sikh protest against it in Birmingham, UK.). Are there any issues remaining?
5. Community issues with regard to the current counter-terrorist threat

The responses included suggestions which could be implemented by the police to help build and maintain a positive relationship with the Sikh community, based on officers understanding the community’s faith and beliefs.

The British Transport Police report can be found here

The Metropolitan Police report can be found here

Issued by:
Jasjit Singh
Community and Multifaith Awareness Director

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