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Brussels Police to Be Trained in Islam to Foster 'Respect', 'Openness'
by Virginia Hale
Police in Brussels will undertake training from February to learn about Islam so as to foster "respectful" relations with the city's Muslim communities.
Entitled "Conflict management or how to avoid difficulties when dealing with Muslims", the eight-hour module will cover the basics of the Islamic religion, and the history of immigration to Belgium from 1960 to the present. Police officers will also be taught "the difference between religion and culture" and given an overview of the country's different Muslim communities.
The classes, which will incorporate role-playing to make training more practical according to La Capitale, will be taken by officers in addition to a separate eight-hour course which concerns jihadism and radicalisation.
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