Thursday, 20 September 2018

Henley Rotary Club

HENLEY police chief Mark Harling stepped in as speaker at short notice at last week’s meeting.

HENLEY police chief Mark Harling stepped in as speaker at short notice at last week’s meeting.

He last spoke at a gathering of Henley Rotarians and their partners in May 2012 and less than three months later, became a member of the club himself. He has since taken part in a number of the activities, particularly as chairman of the club’s “new generation” or youth committee.

Last week he repeated a presentation he had given to an audience of various agency professionals during National Prevent Week, emphasising community awareness in preventing terrorism.

While terrorism worldwide could emanate from known organisations such as the Taliban, Boko Haram, ISIL and Al-Qaeda, he suggested many acts often came about as a result of individuals having mental health problems.

At the other end of the spectrum, with the British National Party being relatively quiet at present, attention was also being drawn to potential threats from members of the English Defence League and an organisation called Britain First.



The work of the police nowadays was based 20 per cent on crime and 80 per cent dealing with vulnerable people and required vigilance and general awareness from the whole community.

There was now a programme called Channel, an early intervention programme in preventing radicalisation.

The talk provoked a number of questions, one referring to the fear that prospective terrorists may be posing as refugees making their way to Europe.

Secretary Philip Fletcher proposed the vote of thanks.



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