Police in bid to reduce extremism in week of action

Thieves are targeting vans in Rotherham
Thieves are targeting vans in Rotherham

Police officers in South Yorkshire are taking part in a week of activity to help prevent extremism.

Local policing teams will be working alongside officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit 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.

Advice on staying safe online and the issue of online radicalisation is being given to schools, youth groups, further education establishments and women’s groups.

Chief Constable Simon Cole, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Local Policing, 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.”

Detective Superintendent Mick Hunter, from the counter terrorism unit, added: “On a daily basis officers work very hard with all sections of the community to strengthen their resilience to negative influences.

“This week we are stepping up our engagement activity further, to try and increase public awareness about the risks of radicalisation and what we can do to help.

“We are not looking to criminalise people, but to prevent unnecessary tragedies.

“Working alongside local authorities and partner agencies there is a great deal of support we can offer to individuals and families who are affected by these issues.

“We want to increase their confidence in the authorities and encourage them to come forward if they feel vulnerable, or are concerned about someone they know.

“Everyone has a role to play in defeating terrorism. Communities and families are asked to contact their local police for advice and support about anyone they feel may be potentially vulnerable to being drawn into terrorist related activities including travelling abroad to conflict zones.”

For more information visit www.preventtragedies.co.uk.