Jac­qui Smith praises the CST’s work

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

HOME SEC­RE­TARY Jac­qui Smith com­pli­mented the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust on its work and pro­duc­tive co­op­er­a­tion with the Home Of­fice when she vis­ited the CST’s Hen­don of­fices last week.

Ms Smith said she had been im­pressed by the trust’s se­cu­rity pro­vi­sion, train­ing and record­ing of an­tisemitic in­ci­dents.

“The CST clearly has the same ob­jec­tives as we do on home se­cu­rity — to help peo­ple live and learn and wor­ship in the way they need to”.

Such vig­i­lance, al­lied to in­creased ef­forts by the Home Of­fice, had helped to com­bat ex­trem­ist be­hav­iour. How­ever, there was scope for im­prove­ment — for ex­am­ple, in the gov­ern­ment reach­ing out to more sec­tions of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

CST com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Mark Gard­ner said it had been “ex­tremely mo­ti­vat­ing for CST’s staff to meet the Home Sec­re­tary and to hear her sup­port for our work. We were able to share with her our com­mit­ment to both the Jewish com­mu­nity and the demo­cratic val­ues upon which our so­ci­ety de­pends.”

Ger­ald Ron­son lis­tens in as Jac­qui Smith ad­dresses CST sup­port­ers

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