PREVENT Policing in Practice - The Need for Evidenced-Based Research

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This article examines the PREVENT agenda, part of the UK government?s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. Informed by semi-structured interviews conducted with a Special Branch PREVENT team, as well as individuals drawn from various security disciplines, this article highlights several practical barriers to realizing collaborative counter-radicalization. This is important given the third objective of PREVENT: to work with a wide range of institutions where there are risks of radicalization. This article departs from analyses that have examined PREVENT in the context of suspect profiling; rather, the focus is on illuminating the implementation, (re)configuration and performance of PREVENT policing. The article concludes by advocating the necessity for evidence-based research-- this proffers pragmatic implications for the governance of counter-terrorism.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberpaz049
Pages (from-to)716–726
Number of pages11
JournalPolicing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
Issue number2
Early online date29 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


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