• Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridge

Cambridgeshire PCC welcomes national effort to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism

July 2nd, 2015

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright today welcomed a new duty on the police and other public bodies to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

“The Government’s one nation approach means that the country will work together to tackle extremism and prevent terrorism,” he said. “This legal requirement takes effect from today, creating a united effort in protecting those who are vulnerable and at risk of radicalisation.”

He commented: “Cambridgeshire Constabulary is constantly vigilant to the dangers of extremist ideas that influence terrorism. The support that this new duty will bring from other organisations by playing their part and working in partnership will be invaluable, stepping up greater awareness of the signs to look out for.”

Security Minister John Hayes said: “We have seen all too starkly and tragically the dangers of radicalisation and the devastating impact it can have on individuals, families and communities.  The new Prevent duty is about protecting people from the poisonous and pernicious influence of extremist ideas that are used to legitimise terrorism.”

Organisations affected by this new measure include schools, local authorities, prisons, probation services and health bodies as well as the police.  The duty will also cover universities and colleges once further guidance on extremist speakers has been published.

The Government has worked with the sectors affected to ensure they are aware of their new responsibilities, are able to recognise the signs that someone may be being drawn into terrorism and know how to access help and support.

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