Counter-Terrorism Policing’s leader calls for public’s help to tackle far right extremism

Neil Basu: head of Counter-Terrorism Policing

Neil Basu: head of Counter-Terrorism Policing

Counter-Terrorism Policing’s leader Neil Basu has called upon the public to help tackle right wing extremism by seeking help for those vulnerable to radicalisation. The appeal comes after Assistant Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Basu warned about the significant growth of right wing terrorism in the UK, revealing that nearly a third of terrorist attacks foiled since 2017 were linked to the ideology.

The police and security services have foiled 22 terror attacks since March 2017, with seven relating to right wing terrorism. This represents more than 10% of Counter-Terrorism Policing’s caseload. That’s up from 6% just two years ago. The ideology accounted for 24% of terrorism-related arrests in the 12 months to June 2019.

“There’s a small, but growing threat posed to the UK from right wing terrorism and we’re working alongside our partners in the Security Services to combat it,” explained Basu. “We’re dedicating more officers and more resources to tackle it, and together we’re bringing the full might of the UK’s counter-terrorism machine to bear against those who wish to do us harm or incite violence. The whole of society has a part to play in this fight. My officers might be on the front line, but we cannot succeed without the help and support of the general public.”

Home Office figures show that more people are trusting Prevent with their concerns about right wing extremism, with the number of referrals into the Government’s safeguarding scheme nearly doubling to 18% since 2015-2016.

“Prevent has a proven track record in protecting vulnerable people, but each foiled plot represents a missed opportunity and, as a society, we must do more to protect those who need our help,” added Basu. “We’re currently running more than 800 live investigations. The only way we will see that decline in the long-term is to start treating the causes of terrorism and not just the symptoms.”

Basu continued: “The Prevent programme is our best hope of doing that. We have thousands of people around the country who work every day to guard vulnerable people against the dangers of extremism and radicalisation. The most effective way people can support us in this work is to trust police with information that could save lives.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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