Preventing Violent Extremism with Community Policing
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) along with the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS) released a step-by-step guide to using community policing practices and outreach to prevent violent extremism. The guide, titled “Promising Practices for Using Community Policing to Prevent Violent Extremism: How to Create and Implement a Community Outreach Program,” comes after a two-year study conducted by PERF; TCTHS; and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The guide breaks the process down into two sections; the first designed to guide police departments in designing and implementing their outreach program; and the second section guiding how to establish, shape, and maintain an effective relationship with the community.
This “whole community” approach is the same seen in the US National Planning Frameworks (check out the blog). It leverages all levels of government alongside individuals, businesses, faith-based and community organizations, non-profits, schools, and the media to better approach homeland defense and security hazards.