SUPERINTENDENT Gary Mills, new Prevent programme lead for Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing to our communities to assist police and their partners in tackling the current threat from terrorism and extremism in the UK.

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism and extremism, and is 1 of 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity, and addresses all forms of terrorism.

Superintendent Gary Mills said: “Prevent plays an essential role in helping to safeguard communities in Dyfed-Powys.

“To support this, we have created an easy to access referral mechanism for the public to use, so that they can refer any concerns they have about somebody they know who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

“Reports can be made easily allowing for reporting to be made at an early stage so that appropriate support can be given to those at risk. You may be in a unique position to be able to identify and support someone who may be vulnerable.

“Through collective vigilance we can help to reduce the threat and risk from terrorism and extremism together.”

Preventing radicalisation – how you can help:

Information about the Government’s Prevent programme is now available on our websitewww.dyfed-powys.police.uk

Prevent works with partner agencies to provide practical help and support to prevent people from being radicalised. It provides early intervention to safeguard individuals against being drawn into terrorism, extremism and related criminal activity.

Signs of radicalisation could include: isolation from family, friends, community; associating with people who have radical views; viewing extremist websites, films, blogs or password protected sites; considering government policy to be a personal attack and holding a strong personal grievance; a radical change in appearance; attending rallies and demonstrations in support of extreme causes; expressing approval, sympathy or acceptance of extreme violence; and exhibiting extreme religious or racial intolerance.

If you have concerns about anyone you know who you think may be vulnerable to radicalisation, you can now make a Prevent referral via the Dyfed-Powys Police website. This can be done anonymously or otherwise.

If you think the matter is urgent, please contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321, or in case of an emergency always dial 999.

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