ON this, the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, people are being urged to be extra vigilant and spot the warning signs of terrorism.
The North West Counter Terrorism Unit has launched a short film to highlight Prevent – part of the national government 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 forms part of Prevent Week, a national campaign to promote how the police, partners and the public can play their part in keeping the UK safe from terrorism by being aware of signs of radicalisation and sharing their concerns.
The campaign will also focus on the importance of online safety and the risk of radical thoughts and grooming on social media.
It will also highlight the support available from a number of different organisations that can protect people who may be at risk.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) prevent officers and neighbourhood officers have been speaking to members of the public about what their role is to help protect individuals who may be drawn into terrorism.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, North West lead for counter terrorism said: “We all must play a part in preventing terrorism and work together to safeguard vulnerable people from being drawn in and exploited.
“The team of officers aim to encourage ongoing discussions with communities in order to make sure that terrorism is prevented.
“They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups. Through this work we are strengthening communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which could lead to terrorism.
We all must play a part in preventing terrorism and work together to safeguard vulnerable people from being drawn in and exploitedAssistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett
“Our engagement activity throughout this week has helped raise awareness of the importance of Prevent to 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.”