This PhD looks at the role that community policing plays within counter terrorism, specifically what function do Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) play within the delivery of the Prevent Strategy. Is the current role right? Should Prevent be mainstreamed across all elements of policing like other areas of safeguarding? Should it be left to specialist Prevent Officers? Where would the cut off be?
Research was based upon the policies and practices of West Yorkshire Police and used four NPTs as case studies. Field work took place over 12 months and consisted of a mixed methods approach including interviews with NPT and Prevent officers, focus groups with community members, activity reports, and observations.