IASS academic attends Chicago conference

Posted on Thursday 20th October 2011

Basia Spalek, Reader in Communities and Justice at the Institute of Applied Social Studies, is attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police 118th Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago later this month.

Police in the USA and the UK have long known that community involvement is key to effectively addressing crime. However, community policing is finding a new application in efforts to prevent terrorism. Community-centred approaches to counter-terrorism continue to be of interest to leaders throughout government and academia, and form a foundational part of the UK's 'Prevent' counter-terrorism strategy and the White House's 'Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States' guidance released this summer. The question remains, however: How can police and communities develop partnerships for the purpose of countering violent extremism?

Basia Spalek, International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, Chicago, 2011

In this workshop 'Community Partnerships to Prevent Violent Extremism: The UK experience', experienced UK police counter-terrorism personnel and researchers will describe community-focused initiatives used to counter violent extremism in the UK's second largest police force.

Read more information concerning this workshop and its presenters (pdf; opens in new window)