"Really interesting, enlightening, informative, enjoyable", "insightful", and "a really great way to inform minority groups about police activity" is how participants described "ACT Now", which SCoJeC, in association with Strathclyde Police, and Maccabi Scotland, organised for Glasgow youth leaders. "ACT Now" - or "All Communities Together Now" - is part of the national counter-terrorism programme "Prevent", and is intended to involve communities in discussing community safety issues, and police and community responses at times of tension.
"It's an excellent means of raising awareness of sensitive community issues surrounding a terrorist incident" said Sean Burke of Strathclyde Police, who led the session, "and provides participants with the opportunity to discuss them in a safe environment."
The youth leaders agreed, saying the session had increased their understanding of the way in which the police deal with threats of terrorism, and was very effective as a means to develop good communications between police and communities.
Maccabi was very pleased to have been able to host the event, said their Operations Manager, Sue Faber, adding that it had opened her eyes to many of the difficult decisions faced by the police.