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Author Topic: Local police out in force tackling extremism  (Read 1031 times)
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« on: September 11, 2015, 01:20:38 PM »

More than 500 frontline police officers and staff across the UK are taking part in a week of activity to build local support in preventing extremism, as a new survey shows high levels of confidence among young people to tell police their concerns about people being radicalised.

As part of the week (7-11 September), local policing teams will be working alongside Prevent Engagement Officers to explain how the public can play their part in keeping the UK safe from terrorism by being aware of signs of radicalisation and reporting concerns to police.

Across the country a wide range of activity is taking place across the week, including
A simulation exercise showing how a young person can be groomed for radicalisation through social media, taking place at the University of Kent at Canterbury on Friday September 11. Participants will also be able to take place in a Prevent focus group, in partnership with the Kent Youth Parliament.

49 different events taking place in the West Midlands region, starting with a Prevent workshop for 16-24 year olds in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust.

The launch of a Prevent film by the North-West Counter Terrorism Unit, showing what Prevent means to a range of professionals, including police, health and education workers.
Community forums and Prevent webchat in the North-East.
The findings of the anonymous survey, of nearly 15,000 people ,mostly between the ages of 11-25, show that  

Two thirds (66 %) of 11-25 year olds who were asked which family member they were most likely to talk to said they would speak to their mother if they were worried about someone they knew being radicalised or considering travelling to a conflict zone abroad.

1 in 5 who were asked the same question, said that they would prefer to speak to their father.
After friends and family, young people would be most likely to tell a police officer of their concerns.
The full findings of the report, which will be available in the autumn, will help us shape our services to supports young people at risk of radicalisation.  

National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Local Policing, Chief Constable Simon Cole said:
“We can only reduce the threat we face from terrorism and domestic extremism if we all play a part in preventing young people from being radicalised.  This is why local communities and families have a vital role to play in helping to prevent tragedies on our doorstep.

 “It is reassuring to see that that people are putting their trust in the police and coming to us for advice and support, as well as from their family network”.

Alan Lyon, National Coordinator Prevent, National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters, said:
 “It is crucial that the police service focuses its Prevent engagement activity where it is most needed, working with our partners through the new Prevent Duty.  The headline findings from the national survey tell us that concentrating our effort on engaging with young people, women and families is the best approach to safeguarding our communities.

“If you know anyone you feel may be potentially vulnerable to being drawn into terrorist-related activity, including travelling abroad to conflict zones please contact your local police for advice and support on 101. You can also visit the national Prevent Tragedies website for further guidance

“If you see or hear something that you are concerned could be terrorist related call the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321”.

Please call the NPCC Press Office on 020 7084 8948 to discuss interview opportunities and planned activity.
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