The third objective for Countering Violent Extremism is to disrupt and deter recruitment or individual mobilization through support for local law enforcement programs, including information-driven, community-oriented policing efforts that for decades have proven effective in preventing violent crime.
Homeland security begins with hometown security. DHS continues to work closely with state and local partners, and individual citizens, to raise awareness through initiatives such as the "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. As part of its effort to support local networks to counter violent extremism, DHS has launched a number of core initiatives, including:
- Expanding support for local, information-driven community-oriented efforts to prevent violent crime and build safe, secure, and resilient communities. The approach has proven successful in preventing crime and improving the quality of life in communities across the nation. When done effectively, community oriented policing has provided the foundation for dealing with a broad range of violent crime issues including those associated with violent gang activity.
- Implementing recommendations from the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council CVE Working Group, such as developing a CVE curriculum for state, local, and tribal law enforcement focused on a community oriented policing approach to combat violent extremism.
- Helping facilitate relationships of trust among local communities, law enforcement, and state and major urban area fusion centers through the Building Communities of Trust (BCOT) initiative. With our DOJ partners, lessons learned have resulted in guidance for law enforcement highlighting the importance of information sharing, responding to community concerns, and distinguishing between cultural behaviors and conduct that may legitimately reflect terrorism precursor activities.
- DHS Conferences and Workshops on CVE: With our federal partners, DHS is hosting conferences and workshops for law enforcement to better educate them about CVE. DHS hosted its first National Countering Violent Extremism Workshop on August 2-3, 2011 to provide fusion centers and state and local law enforcement partners with information about the Department’s CVE efforts and the role of fusion centers in these efforts (PDF, 269 KB).
- Training Initiatives: DHS is working with DOJ, and has trained over 46,000 front line officers on Suspicious Activities Reporting and trained over 2,100 law enforcement officials on CVE.
- Additionally, DHS has prioritized prevention activities through our grants that directly support local law enforcement efforts to understand, recognize, prepare for, prevent, and respond to pre-operational activity, and separately to raise public awareness and vigilance on terrorist and violent extremist activity.