Neighborhood police officers, head teachers, and social workers will now be informed about terrorism suspects in a bid to put a stop to attacks and turn people away from extremism. On Sunday, the anniversary of the London Bridge terrorist attack, Javid highlighted a review that revealed some of those involved in the 2017 attacks were already known to MI5.
The home secretary said that the domestic security service had “learned lessons” and will share information with “other organizations” in the future – including local authorities, schools, and front-line police officers. They will offer people support to help deradicalize suspects and inform the security services if their behavior becomes an issue.
The improved terrorism-prevention strategy, called Contest, will also see the UK government demand that businesses do more to alert the authorities about suspicious purchases. Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was reportedly able to buy materials for his suicide device through online marketplace Amazon with no security checks.
Javid said he will defend the Tory government’s Protect program, which aims to deradicalize extremists. The program, which includes the controversial Prevent program, has previously been slammed by Labour. “We have a moral and social obligation to protect and support vulnerable people from the twisted propaganda of those seeking to radicalize them, and Prevent is about doing just that,” Javid will say when he launches the new anti-terrorism measures on Monday.
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