Aim to divert supporters’ attendance at far-right events. This includes raising awareness among protesters and those who are at risk of getting involved about the penal code and consequences of their actions; liaising with key influencers (e.g. social workers and teachers) to encourage them to discourage individuals from attending; and diversionary activities planned to coincide with the far-right event.
Ensures that extremists have minimal impact on communities. This includes keeping demonstrations away from areas with high concentrations of ethnic minorities and migrants, community businesses declaring themselves zones where extremists are not welcome, and rapid community responses to paint over graffiti or clean streets after protests
Ensures that demonstrations don’t inspire fear, inflame tensions or lead to violence within the community. This might involve tension monitoring, communication of the march route to the public, and real-time communications about the progress of the event as well as smart use of social media. It may also involve getting the community engaged in management of the demonstration.
Bjørn is Crime Preventive Police Coordinator for the Oslo Police District in Norway. He
developed a method called ‘The Empowerment Conversation’ which helps to empower young
people to leave far-right street gangs. Bjørn’s method has been successful in ridding entire
neighbourhoods of neo-Nazi gangs.
Nadeem is Chief Inspector with Greater Manchester Police, Rochdale Division. His division empowers local communities to work alongside police during far-right demonstrations, to build community resilience to the provocative nature of EDL demonstrations.
Sarah is a Prevent Coordinator for Luton Borough Council, which has tested some of the most innovative methods of managing EDL demonstrations, including the dissemination of ‘Choice Cards’ to deter young people from getting involved.