Specialist police officers in Northamptonshire working with communities to help prevent radicalisation

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Northamptonshire Police are working with local communities as part of Prevent Awareness Week in order to aid those who may be vulnerable to extremist views.

Special Prevent Officers will be giving guidance to young people who exhibit signs of radicalisation by adopting extremist Islamic or far right views.

Assistant Chief Constable Ivan Balhatchet, of Northamptonshire Police, 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.”

Prevent Awareness Week is a five day series of presentations dedicated to raising awareness of the signs of radicalisation. Northamptonshire Police are giving talks with the intention of making the signs of radicalisation a lot more noticeable. The signs may include; saving money, a change of appearance or behaviour and saying goodbye to friends and family.

Northamptonshire Police will be working with people who have shown signs of radicalisation by offering advice and guidance before it is too late.

On Monday Northamptonshire Police gave a presentation to the staff at Bosworth Independent College. They have also planned a talk with Corby Borough Council for Wednesday to explain the ways in which the public can report suspicious activity to the police.

Additionally, Northamptonshire Police’s Prevent Officers have set up a the dedicated twitter feed @NorPolPrevent where they will be answering messages and tweets from the public regarding any signs of radicalisation.

Prevent Awareness Week targets impressionable youth who may be susceptible to extremist ideals. One of the main concerns that Northamptonshire Police have is domestic extremism.

Across the UK more than 500 frontline police officers and staff are doing activities to build local support in preventing extremism.

Prevent was introduced in 2010 as part of the National Security Strategy. County Police up and down the country have taken to twitter to raise awareness for Prevent and to offer support for their communities.

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