Counter Terrorism Policing is calling on business leaders to play a greater role in promoting Prevent in order to stop vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism.

Only one percent of referrals to the scheme that seeks to support individuals before they become involved in criminal activity come from the business sector. This is despite police having built strong links across many industries since the attacks of 2017.

The UK’s lead counter terrorism officer, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, told a conference of senior security managers today (Monday June 10) that he wants to see more referrals and even more partnership working between police and the private sector.

He said: “Prevent is about using early intervention, safeguarding and supporting individuals to stop terrorism in its tracks. We receive round 7000 referrals a year but less than one percent of these come from businesses.

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