WACCE Supports Counter-Terrorism Task Force in Building Resilience Against Terrorism
- October 25, 2017
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The West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE) has provided training support to the Ghana Police Service to strengthen its newly constituted Counter-terrorism Task Force to effectively contribute to the fight against terrorism. This intelligence-focused task force is different from the existing combat-focused Anti-Terrorism Task Force. The new task force is focused on forging a stronger partnership with the local community in order to ensure social resilience against Violent Extremism and radicalization. The two-day training was organized by the British High Commission in Accra.
This is directly in line with WACCE’s approach to security (grounded in a human security framework) which prioritizes protection of the local community and the individual and views the local community as the focus of counter-terrorism programs. This is because sustainable victory against terrorism and the negative ideologies that underline it cannot be won only on the battlefield – it will be won in the mindset of the local population.
WACCE’s Executive Director, Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, emphasized the role of the local community and its leadership including parents in countering radicalization and violent extremism. ”Effectively preventing terrorism will require expanding the traditional parameters of State counter-terrorism to include the civilian population. Radicalization is the single biggest factor that leads individuals or groups to engage in terrorism. And so we need to sufficiently understand the phenomenon and development effective approaches to countering it. This will involve a significant role of the local community.”
The new task force is composed of officers from different parts of the country and will be initially piloted in 3 communities in Greater Accra before end of year 2017.