Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.
The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals. The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit put considerable effort into removing terrorist and extremist material however communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. Police depend on information from the public in our efforts to keep us all safe and we are asking anyone who has concerns about online content to report it.
Partnership working and public diligence are key to policing terrorist activity and extremism.
Superintendent Mark Pollock, Head of Special Branch at the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said: “This week is about highlighting the ways in which you can protect yourself, your relatives and your colleagues in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack. It’s about sharing with you some of our work in response to such threats. And it’s also about reiterating the important role you can play in tackling this issue.”
As part of a national drive all five Police forces will promote the Run, Hide, Tell mantra — three simple instructions that could save your life — and encourage vigilance and online reporting through the red Stop button. Prevent officers from the East Midlands will also continue to engage with businesses and communities in a bid to counter the threat from terrorism.
In Leicester they will be speaking with young people considering embarking on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. The team will also join Chief Constable Simon Cole, who is the country’s Prevent lead, at an event at Loughborough University.
Prevent workshops will also be delivered to a number of students and staff in Lincolnshire and a safeguarding leaflet will be distributed across the region.
Watch our short clip about the Prevent scheme below.
A number of Prevent partners from across the East Midlands will also gather to arrange a safeguarding event for early 2017, which will include advice on online safety.
Supt Pollock added: “Terrorism is not only an attack on those directly affected by the offence, but also on society as a whole and we are finding that this type of atrocity often comes from within that same society. As such, everyone has a role to play in keeping our communities safe from this type of threat.
“This awareness week is about highlighting the importance of us uniting against all forms of terrorism. It’s about joined up working within policing, it’s about strong partnerships between the public and private sector, and it’s about conscientious reporting from the public.
“No matter what our role in society — relative, friend, schoolmate, colleague, neighbour etc. — we all have a part to play in protecting our communities. Look out for signs that someone might be involved in extremist activity or may be vulnerable to radicalisation.
“If you see or hear something that you think might be extremist or terrorist related, at home, at work, at school, online or otherwise, trust your gut and report it to police. You might just save lives by doing so.”
Report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet. You can make your report anonymously.
You can report material such as:
- articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
- content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
- websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
- videos of terrorist attacks
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Prevent extremism: Counter terrorism awareness week
Run Hide Tell
02 Jan 19 11:12 AM