Detecting Radicalisation in Communities: The Role of Multi-Agency Partnership and the Power of Local Information

16 Pages Posted: 16 May 2018

Date Written: April 4, 2018

Abstract

Following the 2017 UK terrorist attacks by extremist religious individuals, it is notable that politicians and individual commentators remarked on the pressing need for local partnership working in England (BBC question time, 5 June 2017; Faith Matters 2017; Brendan Cox 19 June 2017). For it is by this means, people working together in a community, that local information and intelligence can be accessed, especially relating to emerging radicalisation. The early warning signs that could lead to active terrorism of the kind witnessed in the 2017 attacks (UNISON 2016) are being missed, and there are reasons why.

This paper looks at why local information and multi-agency partnership are important to policing and community safety in the context of concerns about radicalisation and extremism, reviewing the policy changes, and their effects in partnership arrangements that have occurred in the UK since 2010. The paper goes on to present findings about the crucial significance of local partnership working in detecting radicalisation and some of the challenges faced by professionals now. The third part of the paper considers the question of how relevant agencies can monitor ongoing extremism and terrorism in communities through local intelligence gleaned through partnership working and other means.

Keywords: extremism, terrorism, partnerships, multi-agency, communities, collaboration, governance

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Sue, Detecting Radicalisation in Communities: The Role of Multi-Agency Partnership and the Power of Local Information (April 4, 2018). Proceedings of the 9th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3179001 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3179001

Sue Roberts (Contact Author)

University of Portsmouth ( email )

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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2UP
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