Joint study into the policing and prevention of radicalization and violent extremism in the UK and Denmark (1 Dec 2015)

As part of his efforts to tackle terrorism and violent extremism, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has teamed up with police in Denmark and the University of Leeds to support a ground-breaking study into the issue.

The study - which is a PhD studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Doctoral Training Centre  - is a collaboration between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner of West Yorkshire, East Jutland Police in Denmark and Dr Clifford Stott and Professor Edward Newman at the University of Leeds.

The project provides funding for a 3 year PhD studentship award to conduct 'A comparative analysis of the policing and prevention of radicalization and violent extremism in the UK and Denmark'.

Neda Nobari who previously worked at King's College, London and has experience of the Prevent strategy is carrying out the study.

Neda met with the Police and Crime Commissioner along with representatives from the University.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said:

"Terrorism is a problem that everyone has a duty to confront and as Police and Crime Commissioner is it vital that I continue to do everything I can to keep people safe.

"Officers on the ground and in the North East Counter Terrorism Unit are leading on this but it is also important to think 'outside the box' and take the fight to the terrorists.

"By supporting this study and working in partnership not only with a local partner but also combining efforts with an international partner too we can all help to make a real difference.

"Terrorism is an ever-changing evil - we must also adapt what we do as well.

"I was delighted to meet with Neda and to discuss her studies going forward."

Neda Nobari said:

"I am very grateful the Commissioner has supported this important project and excited about the opportunity we have to develop academic research that will contribute to improving the way we police violent extremism."

Dr Stott and Professor Newman from the University of Leeds, said:

"We are delighted that the University of Leeds is able to undertake this ground breaking research. We look forward to working with our partners here and in Denmark to understand how different policing approaches impact upon these very important issues confronting the safety and security of our communities." 

Police commissioner Helle Kyndesen of East Jutland Police, said:

"In The East Jutland Police District we have a long tradition for multi-agency approaches to crime prevention, and building on this tradition we and the City of Aarhus are working closely together on preventing radicalisation and violent extremism.

"We find it is necessary to supplement our security-measures with initiatives keeping people away from violent extremism and re-integrating them into society."

Left to right is: Dr Clifford Stott, Detective Inspector Andrew Staniforth (Head of WyFi), West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, Neda Nobari, WyFi Project Delivery Officer David Donaldson and Professor Edward Newman from the University.
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