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Hampshire Police Authority Item: 7b

Community Engagement Committee

27 January 2010

PREVENT Agenda

Report of the Chief Executive

Contact: Lou Parker-Jones


01962 871595
Email: police.authority@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

1. Purpose

1.1 This report seeks to update members of the Community Engagement


Committee regarding the PREVENT agenda. The report has been
commissioned by the committee to update Members on this ongoing
piece of work.

2. Summary

2.1 This report provides the Committee with information regarding


PREVENT and actions the Authority may wish to pursue in order to
fulfil its overview and scrutiny function in relation to the Constabulary‟s
response to the PREVENT agenda, furtherance of partnership working
and the specific duties to engage with communities to inform policing
priorities.

2.2 This report supports:


 Goals 2, 4 & 5 of the Police Authority‟s Business Plan for 2009 -
2012;
 Items 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the committee‟s terms of reference.

2.3 This report provides details of:


 Background to PREVENT
 APA guidance and Authority position

3. Recommendations

3.1 That the committee supports a partnership consultation event based


upon Workshop to Raise Awareness of PREVENT (WRAP) training
and Members encourage partners to participate in the event.

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3.2 That Members of the committee continue to scrutinise the


Constabulary in respect to the actions outlined in the APA guidance.

4. Background to PREVENT

4.1 PREVENT is a strategy that seeks to stop people becoming terrorists


and supporting violent extremism. There are numerous government
departments and local partners involved in the strategy, but one of the
main organisations involved is the police. The police authority has a
statutory responsibilities to ensure the effective delivery, and efficient
service of PREVENT through governance and oversight. In addition
however, its secondary (non-statutory) role is to contribute strategically
to the development of work on PREVENT through its strategic
partnerships, engagement opportunities, and consultative functions.

4.2 The Governments counter-terrorism strategy is called CONTEST and


is divided up into four priority objectives:
1. Pursue – stop terrorist attacks.
2. Prepare – where we cannot stop an attack, mitigate its impact.
3. Protect – strengthen overall protection against terrorist attacks.
4. PREVENT – stop people becoming terrorists and supporting
violent extremism.
4.3 The responsibility for the PREVENT strategy falls across a number of
government departments including the police and Police Authorities. It
is important to recognise that it is both a horizontal process requiring
collaboration with other government departments, and a vertical one
requiring collaboration amongst all the strands within CONTEST.

4.4 The national PREVENT delivery plan has five key national objectives
including:

 Supporting mainstream Muslim voices and challenging extremist


ideology.
 Disrupt those who promote violent extremism and strengthen
vulnerable institutions.
 Support individuals vulnerable to radicalisation.
 Empower communities to resist extremism.
 Effectively address grievances.
These are supported by two enabling objectives:
 Develop PREVENT related intelligence, analyses and research;
and
 Improve counter terrorism related strategic communications.

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4.5 Whilst the above delivery plan (often referred to by partners as “five-
plus-two”) currently encompasses all forms of violent extremism, it is
recognised that the greatest threat comes from Al-Qaida and related
terrorist groups, therefore protecting and supporting communities
against this specific threat is key to our activity.

5. APA Guidance and Authority position


5.1 The APA has offered guidance on the role of police authorities in which
Hampshire Police Authority will follow.
The Police Authority should (current perceived position is highlighted in
italics, where known):

 Establish a PREVENT lead Member/committee/officer {Chair of


Authority is lead Member, PREVENT overseen by Community
Engagement Committee}
 Provide an effective challenge to the Constabulary on PREVENT
delivery {Committee has Constabulary paper for consideration on
the agenda}
 Police Authority Members and Officers receive PREVENT briefing
and training {PREVENT briefing has been provided to Members
and Officers by Special Branch, Officers currently seeking WRAP
training – expected in February/March 2010}
 Consider PREVENT from a cross-cutting perspective by integrating
it into all areas of the Police Authority {yet to be developed}
 Ensure there is an oversight framework for Constabulary delivery
on PREVENT {Committee agreed template at previous meeting, an
amended version based on latest APA thinking is attached as an
aide memoire at appendix A}
 Where appropriate, ensure engagement with „seldom heard‟
communities, including faith groups, women, and young
people.{Police Authority has already enabled a variety of PREVENT
events to be conducted, including attendance by Special Branch at
the FSB conference, Sparshot college and ongoing stop and search
road shows}
 Monitor the impact of PREVENT policing on communities and
develop engagement activity to mitigate adverse impacts and
develop learning points for the Constabulary, where appropriate.
{Yet to be developed}
 Ensure Police Authority and Constabulary has developed incident
contingency plans and processes. {Yet to be developed}
 Ensure Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) are
aware of PREVENT and have regular reports. {Previous chair
encouraged all CDRP link Members to feedback on CDRP as
reported back at previous committee meeting}

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 Members and CDRPs receive Counter Terrorism Local Profiles


(CTLPs) {Yet to be developed}
 Members and CDRPs use CTLPs to inform local policy
commitments to mitigate risk locals {Yet to be developed}
 Where appropriate, the Police Authority should be represented on
the local PREVENT partnership {Authority has appointed Members
to represent the Authority on the Southampton, Portsmouth and
County PREVENT boards}
 Authorities should seek representation on PREVENT regional
meetings through government office {Authority working with GOSE
on this area}
 Police Authority Members to utilise their position to enhance local
PREVENT partnership development where appropriate. {Yet to be
developed}
 Consider partnership funding applications where resource gaps are
identified in action plans e.g. OSCT Objective 2 and 3 funds, CLG
Challenge and Innovation fund {Yet to be developed}

5.2 Currently, most Police Authorities who are scrutinising their


Constabulary on PREVENT are doing so against the national delivery
plan. However the most recent guidelines from the APA indicate that
scrutiny of the police should be against four strategic priorities:

 Leadership and Governance


 Consultation and Engagement
 Strategic Partnerships
 Ensuring Outcomes

5.3 The Authority has been seeking to organise an event that would both
avoid duplication of effort (for example the work already being
conducted by Southampton and Portsmouth PREVENT boards) and
add value. Officers and Chair of the Authority have been in discussion
with the Constabulary, PREVENT Boards, GOSE, Basingstoke and
Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council and have
agreed that a partnership conference based upon WRAP (Workshop to
Raise Awareness of PREVENT) should be conducted.

5.4 WRAP is an off the shelf video based workshop discussing the socio-
psychological journey into radicalisation taken by vulnerable individuals
be it young Muslims or right wing extremists. WRAP is a very high
quality, evocative, interactive experience for statutory partners, its
raison d’être being to educate them on how to recognise, and what to
do if they come across, vulnerable people who appear to be committed
to extremist ideologies. WRAP stands-out as the best solution because
it offers the most buy-in from stakeholders. Agreement has been

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reached from partners across the area that it is a valuable tool in taking
the work forward.

5.5 An Authority officer will need to attend the train the trainer session so
that it can be delivered. A County Council officer has also indicated a
desire to be involved in the training. The WRAP training for
Basingstoke statutory partners has been provisionally agreed by local
partners on the County PREVENT board, as well as Ch Supt
Chatterton of 3 OCU, and the Community Safety Manager at
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.

5.6 A WRAP event will be scheduled following training.

6. Resources

6.1 The resources that are required in order for the Police Authority to
meet PREVENT duties are: staff, consultation event costs, associated
WRAP and other appropriate training and travel costs.

6.2 The above have no significant impact on other areas of the business,
as this was factored into community engagement for 2009/10, however
due to the event in Basingstoke having been postponed to ensure that
all appropriate partners are involved, monies may need to be carried
forward.

6.3 The above resources have already been budgeted for within the
Community Engagement budget for 2009/10 in consultation with the
full Authority and the Treasurer.

6.4 Police Authority Community Consultation is not a new area of


business, there however may need to be revised costs for the
forthcoming year in order to meet the PREVENT agenda.

7. Consultation

7.1 The Authority is working with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council,
Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Government
Office for the South East and both Southampton and Portsmouth
PREVENT boards.

7.2 A specific event with partners based on WRAP will be conducted in


partnership with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hampshire
County Council and Government Office for South-East.

8. Significant Risks

8.1 The most significant risk is that a terrorist attack is carried out in
Hampshire or the Isle of Wight, resulting in (amongst other things) loss
of community confidence.

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8.2 Loss of community confidence is recognised on the risk register

9. Other implications:

9.1 AUTHORITY AREA IMPLICATION

Statutory Duty/Good The requirement for Police Authorities to


Practice consult with their communities was first
included in legislation under the Police and
Criminal Evidence Act (1984) (Section 106).

The Authority follows the APA PREVENT


guidance.

Equality, Diversity and We have a combined equalities strategy and


Human Rights the PACC consultation programme seeks to
consult with all sections of society including
marginalised groups. The PREVENT agenda
impacts greatly upon the Muslim community.

Vulnerable People and See above box


Every Child Matters

Environmental Impact Production of pamphlets and literature for


consultations, production of questionnaires
and surveys and travel to and from
consultation events and meetings.

Trust and Confidence If the Authority or Constabulary is seen as not


responding to issues and concerns raised
through partnership or consultation findings.

Partnership and Work on PREVENT is being conducted in


Collaboration partnership as referred to within the report.
Members should ensure that CDRPs regularly
consider PREVENT.

Strategic Documents Local Policing Summaries

The Policing Plan

The Annual Plan

Joint Consultation Strategy

Section 100D (Local Government Act 1972) background papers

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The following documents disclose facts or matters on which this report, or an


important part of it, is based and has been relied upon to a material extent in
the preparation of this report.

NB the list excludes:


1. published works; and,
2. documents that disclose exempt or confidential information as defined in
the Act.

Title Location
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Authority Overview and Scrutiny of PREVENT questions Appendix A
Strategic Priority 1: Leader and Governance
Objective: To provide effective leadership and support to, and governance
and oversight of, Constabulary delivery on PREVENT

 Monitor force PREVENT contribution to regional Counter Terrorism Unit


 Ensure Constabulary ACPO rank PREVENT strategic lead
 Ensure Constabulary is delivering PREVENT in a "One- Team" manner
so that all PREVENT managers share best practice and communicate
regularly and that all relevant force departments are tasked with
objectives and kept regularly updated.
 Ensure that the Constabulary has a detailed understanding of risk levels
of violent extremism
 Police Authority should satisfy itself that the information and intelligence
available on risk is rigorous and sufficient to direct Constabulary
resources and activity
 Ensure Constabulary has the necessary resources commensurate to risk
to deliver a proportionate response to PREVENT
 Ensure that the Constabulary has appropriate and up to date community
mapping and neighbourhood profiling
 Ensure the Constabulary is seeking to assimilate PREVENT in
operational policing through appropriate communication and staffing

Strategic Priority 2: Consultation and Engagement


Objective: To ensure that PREVENT is taken into consideration in the
authority consultation, engagement bad communications strategies, and to
develop specific engagement activity with affected communities if necessary.

 Have the Constabulary conducted a sufficient and robust PREVENT


equalities impact assessments?
 Has the Constabulary implemented Intelligence and Community
Engagement (ICE) Training for its neighbourhood policing teams?
 Is the Authority satisfied that effective community engagement informs
PREVENT policing, where appropriate?

Strategic Priority 3: Strategic Partnerships


Objective: The authority should satisfy itself that effective local PREVENT
partnerships are established, that local PREVENT action plans are developed
and delivered, and that the force is a significant partner in this process

 Do PREVENT partnerships have a clearly defined governance and


management structure?
 Have information and intelligence sharing agreements been developed?
 Do the local PREVENT partnerships understand the policing relationship
to PURSUE?

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Authority Overview and Scrutiny of PREVENT questions Appendix A
Strategic Priority 4: Ensuring Outcomes
Objective: The police authority should satisfy itself that local PREVENT
interventions are delivered effectively and that output and outcome measures
are set in the force PREVENT plan in order to report effectively on national
indicators, including APACS and NI35 and 5+2.

 Can the Constabulary demonstrate that the pattern of engagement in


PREVENT activity is in line with identified risk across the area covered by
the CTU/CTIU where applicable?
 Does the Constabulary have mechanisms to measure and review
performance?
 Do Local PREVENT partnership action plans have measureable
outcomes and targets?
 Is qualitative assessment of PREVENT impact undertaken through
consultation and engagement?

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