How to spot the signs of someone being drawn into terrorism was explored at training sessions held at the Civic Offices in Borehamwood.
The sessions, which are delivered nationwide, focused on safeguarding and highlights vulnerabilities that could render someone susceptible to radicalisation.
Almost a hundred people attended the sessions. They were drawn from a range of services across the council, such as Housing, Environmental Health and Planning, along with a number of borough councillors and staff from housing associations, the police, fire service, InspireAll and local schools.
Councillor Pervez Choudhury, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: "Everyone has a role to play in ensuring Hertsmere remains a safe place. Our workforce is in regular contact with members of the local community, so it's important that we know the signs to look out for and how to raise concerns. This was a very useful session, which included some helpful case studies showing how a range of agencies can work together to address concerns."
DC Rich Ellison, from the Hertfordshire Prevent Team was one of the session's facilitators, alongside Shahina Ahmed and Ian Healey from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit Counter. He said: "These training sessions form part of 'PREVENT', which is the UK's counter terrorism strategy. It's invaluable to have the opportunity to spend time with staff who have such regular, day-to-day contact with members of the community."
Feedback from some of the people who attended said the sessions were 'an excellent insight into radicalisation, especially as I had no idea. I will be sharing my knowledge with family and friends'. Another commented that they were 'interesting and thought-provoking - I learn a lot; so much I didn't know'.
To report or discuss concerns please call the Hertfordshire Prevent Team via the non-emergency number 101, anonymously via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
There are also resources available on the ‘Let’s Talk About It’ website: https://www.ltai.info/
Posted on Thursday 27th June 2019