Prevent – Challenging extremist ideology

I attended an introduction to the important work of the Hampshire Constabulary Prevent Team  yesterday at EHDC. Prevent aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It is part of the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy.

Although extremely rare in the UK, terrorism is a danger to us all. The communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can be threatened by a minority of people who encourage or glorify violence in the name of a political ideology or a religion. The most severe threat to the UK is currently from people returning from international war zones such as Syria and Iraq. Other threats include people who espouse racist or anti-religious views thereby stirring up hatred which can lead to violence.

Our aim We want to help people, to prevent them from being drawn into terrorism or extremist violence. We do this by supporting those people who are vulnerable to becoming extremists; by working with sectors and institutions and also by challenging extremist ideologies. Safeguarding options are used to ensure that the individual is protected and that our communities remain safe.

If you have any concerns about an individual, please call us on the Hampshire Constabulary non-emergency number, 101, or email us at prevent.engagement@hampshire.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively, call the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321.