Police chiefs agree to work more closely with senior Jewish officers

Apr 23, 2024 by

by Lee Harpin, Jewish News:

A communal delegation has met with commissioner Sir Mark Rowley to discuss concerns, amid further criticism of their handling of pro-Palestinian protests.

Metropolitan Police chiefs have agreed to consult with senior Jewish police officers more closely moving forwards over culturally sensitive matters in the aftermath of criticism at the way they responded to a high-profile incident at an anti-Israel demo in central London.

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley was among the group of senior figures to meet with a delegation of communal leaders, including representatives from the Board of Deputies, London Jewish Forum, the Community Security Trust and the Union of Jewish Students on Monday.

The talks, which also saw assistant commissioner Matt Twist, and chief communications officer Sharon Sawers attend, following the outcry after Campaign Against Antisemitism chief executive, Gideon Falter, was described by an officer as being “openly Jewish” during a pro-Palestinian demonstration earlier this month.

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