There is no stereotype for people who hold extremist
Vulnerability, isolation and personal grievances added to strong
political, religious or social views, can result in a person
searching for a cause.
This may lead to changes in behaviour, dress and/or social
PREVENT is part of Essex Police's counter-terrorist
strategy and aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting
terrorism by working with individuals and communities to address
issues before they become a criminal matter and to stop people
moving from extremism into terrorist-related activity.
PREVENT will specifically:
- Stop people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure
they are given appropriate advice and support
- Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks which
we need to address
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the
threat we face from those who promote it
Part of the PREVENT strategy sees Essex Police working with local
schools to run group workshops and arrange visits from guest
A play is also being shown in schools across the county to raise
awareness. Entitled ‘Do Not Forget’, it tells the story of a
16-year-old boy who finds himself drawn into extremist behaviour as
a way of channelling the feelings of hurt and anger he feels as a
result of his father’s recent death. A short preview can be seen
Essex Police remains absolutely committed to
protecting freedom of speech. However preventing terrorism will
mean challenging extremist ideas.
Essex Police will continue to be open about its PREVENT activities
but is asking members of the public to help by doing their
Act now, report it
If you're concerned that someone you know is behaving suspiciously
or you have information that may help police, don't rely on others
- act now and report it.
Find out how here
Operation Boadicea was developed in response to the PREVENT strand
of the government’s national counter terrorism strategy.
It involves the running of exercises in safe community spaces which
are designed to allow debate around the sensitive issues of
policing the Olympics.
Operation Boadicea enables participants to air grievances and
debate matters of interest in surroundings they feel confident to
do so and at a location where they have an affinity and sense of