Extremism (part two)
If I have a concern about someone being radicalised, what can I do?
Call your local police on 101 and they will be able to provide you with support and advice.
Will the person be arrested or their chances of employment affected if I inform the police?
A referral to Prevent can be made for a number of reasons, many of which are not criminal activities and will not require police intervention. Prevent is not a police programme. The Prevent strategy does not aim to criminalise people but prevents tragedies through early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they face before illegal activity occurs. However, there will be occasions where the enquiry leads to a more in depth process to protect the public interest. The information and evidence available will determine the next steps to be taken and the effect it will have on the person.
I’ve known the person for a long time and they seem strange but fairly harmless...
Radicalisation is usually a process not an event and it may take many months or even years to develop. During that process it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being drawn into terrorist-related activity.
It could be that someone has acted in a strange way that has seemed acceptable. However, if their behaviour changes and you no longer feel comfortable, it is always important to raise genuine concerns, if only to provide reassurance that no further action is necessary.
Can I make an anonymous referral to Prevent?
If you want to make a referral regarding a particular individual or group of people, you can talk the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or give information through their website. You can also call the confidential anti-terrorist national hotline on 0800 789 321.