Former deputy police chief appointed co-chair of new National Expert Committee on Countering Radicalization to Violence
The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, recently announced the launch of a National Expert Committee on Countering Radicalization to Violence, which will contribute to the measures the Government of Canada has in place to safeguard national security and keep Canadians safe from terrorism.
Ten committee members from across the country with diverse backgrounds and expertise will advance the work of the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Centre). The Expert Committee will help ensure the recently launched National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence meets the strategy’s three priorities: building, sharing and using knowledge; addressing radicalization to violence in the online space; and supporting interventions.
Dr. Ghayda Hassan and Peter Sloly have been named co-chairs of the Expert Committee.
Hassan is a clinical psychologist and professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) co-chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism.
Sloly is a former deputy chief of police for the Toronto Police Service and advocate for community-based policing models that emphasize prevention.
“Over my three decades in policing, security and justice, I have found that the best way to counter violent radicalization is to build healthier, more inclusive and more resilient Canadian communities from coast to coast – promoting progressive policing, protecting marginalized communities and provisioning vulnerable individuals are the core elements of any sustainable effective public safety strategy,” Sloly said.