RCMP Pulls Support for Anti-Terrorist Handbook

United Against Terrorism Handbook
The United Against Terrorism handbook (THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE)

The RCMP has pulled its support of a new anti-terrorist handbook released on Monday in Winnipeg.

Called “United Against Terrorism: A Collaborative Effort Towards a Secure, Inclusive and Just Canada” was written by Islamic Social Services and the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

In a brief statement Tuesday evening, RCMP said, “After a final review of the handbook, the RCMP could not support the adversarial tone set by elements of the booklet and therefore directed RCMP Manitoba not to proceed with this initiative.”

The 38-page book is aimed at young Canadians to prevent them from joining and being recruited by radical extremist groups.

Read the RCMP’s full statement below:

The safety and security of citizens is of the utmost importance to the RCMP, and we take any threat to the security of Canadians and their livelihood seriously.

The RCMP has a longstanding relationship established with the communities it serves and for the past several years, it has been building trust with the communities through its national security community outreach program.

The RCMP contributed to Section 3 of the handbook entitled “Understanding Radicalization and the role of RCMP in law enforcement and national security”. We are not responsible for other material contained in this publication.

After a final review of the handbook, the RCMP could not support the adversarial tone set by elements of the booklet and therefore directed RCMP Manitoba not to proceed with this initiative.

Any questions regarding the distribution, use or intention of the booklet should be directed to the authors, the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Islamic Social Services Association.


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