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Prevent - Play your part

Prevent is one of the most challenging parts of the counter terrorism strategy, because it operates in the pre-criminal space, before any criminal activity has taken place.

It is about safeguarding - supporting and protecting those people who might be susceptible to radicalisation, and ensuring that individuals and communities have the resilience to resist violent extremism.


What could I watch out for?


There is no single profile for a terrorist, or those who are likely to be drawn into terrorist and criminal behaviour. What you need to look out for are the vulnerabilities which make some susceptible to the violent extremist message. Radicalisation is a process where someone's vulnerabilities are exploited towards violent means, in many cases by a third person. They use these vulnerabilities to highlight a sense of anger and injustice and play on grievances, in order to justify violent action.


Safeguarding someone from radicalisation is no different than safeguarding them from other forms of harm.


If you have any worries or concerns, or would like more information on Prevent, and the signs and behaviours, please contact Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Prevent officers on