“Preventing terrorism is a joint responsibility” urges North West Counter-Terrorism Unit

Preventing terrorism is a joint responsibility: that's the view of the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit

Preventing terrorism is a joint responsibility: that’s the view of the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit

The North West Counter-Terrorism Unit has launched a short film to highlight Prevent, part of the national Government’s strategy aiming to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The film portrays what preventing people from being drawn into terrorism means for a range of organisations and groups including police, health, education and community workers and highlights that preventing terrorism is a joint responsibility.

The film has formed part of Prevent Week, a national campaign designed to promote how the police, its partner law enforcement agencies and members of the public can play their part in keeping the UK safe from terrorism by being aware of signs of radicalisation and sharing their concerns.

Prevent is all about safeguarding people and there’s support available from a number of different organisations that can protect those who may be at risk of radicalisation.

Greater Manchester Police Prevent officers and city centre neighbourhood officers were located in central Manchester during Prevent Week to talk to local people about Prevent and what their role is to help protect individuals who may be drawn into terrorism.

The week aimed to encourage more people to talk about Prevent, and there was the opportunity for the public to post a question about Prevent.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, North West lead for counter-terrorism, explained: “We all must play a part in preventing terrorism and work together to safeguard vulnerable people from being drawn in and exploited. Our engagement activity throughout the week has helped raise awareness of the importance of Prevent among many different partners. We will continue to encourage people to talk about the issues around radicalisation and violent extremism and come forward with their concerns to help protect individuals, families and communities alike.”

Ann Christopher, named nurse for safeguarding adults at the Pennine Acute NHS Hospitals Trust, took part in the short film. “The NHS comes in to contact with very vulnerable people on a regular basis who may be at risk of being groomed, which could include exploitation by violent extremists and terrorists,” stated Christopher.

“Staff within the NHS receive training in Prevent to help identify people who may be at risk of radicalisation. We’re one of many avenues of support for people who are concerned about somebody, and we encourage people to come forward and have that conversation.”

*The Prevent film can be viewed on You Tube: https://youtu.be/Y06MKUo6snQ

**More information on Prevent may be found at: http://www.gmp.police.uk/prevent

***Prevent is part of the UK’s CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy. Further detail around CONTEST can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counter-terrorism-strategy-contest

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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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