The threat to the UK from international terrorism and violent political extremism has both increased and changed profoundly in recent decades. Following the 2005 London bombings, governmental and police attention has been increasingly focused on upstream prevention, to identify and halt terrorists before they engage in violence or even attack planning through inland and ports counter-terrorism powers, and identifying those who are in the process of radicalising, or deemed vulnerable to radicalisation, principally through the Prevent strategy. Yet preventive counter-terrorism policing is often criticised as intrusive, ineffective, counterproductive and misidentifying innocent people as 'suspect', suggesting the need for constant refinement and improvement.Against this backdrop, there has been a governmental and organisational drive for policing to be more evidence-based and research-informed, so that academically generated or informed knowledge informs both policy and practice. This assumes policing quality, practice and outcomes are influenced by the type, depth and reliability of knowledge sources. This begs the question: 'What knowledge do practitioners routinely draw upon and how does this influence front-line preventive counter-terrorism?'Study objectives:
This research is supported by the College of Policing Bursary Scheme
Methodology and methods:
Setting:Counter-terrorism departments engaged in preventative/precautionary counter-terrorism across, frontier policing, Prevent, intelligence and training departments in five geographically diverse United Kingdom areas.
H Kemp; "Analysis
of the research evidence-base of the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy and the
contextual knowledge of 'preventative counter-terrorism police workers"