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FINLAND: POLICE TRAINING TEACHERS TO LOOK FOR SIGNS OF RADICALIZATION IN STUDENTS…..

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The training guidelines include paying attention to students who appear to idealise violence and extreme groups and who exhibit signs of religious or ideological zealotry.

Police to train teachers to identify radicalised youths

Finnish police will begin training schoolteachers to better identify young students who show signs of extremism and radicalisation. The scheme is part of a national operational programme agreed upon by a ministerial group on security and administration of justice.

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Teachers may be trained to spot potentially “radicalised” students. Image: Petteri Paalasmaa / AOP

Police will begin training education sector employees more comprehensively nationwide beginning next year. The training is meant to help teachers identify behaviour that might indicate a threat of radicalisation among students. The broadening of the currently localised training measure was first reported by newspaper Keskisuomalainen.

The practical training is a pre-emptive police measure overseen by security professionals. The training is already underway in parts of the country.

Only key figures in schools will receive the coaching, not all employees. These individuals then disseminate their new know-how among their colleagues.

The basic idea of the training regime is to help teachers and other professionals to recognise students who show signs of extremist thinking or radicalisation.

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