Prevent criticism ‘stems from ignorance’

One of Scotland Yard’s most senior police officers says criticism of the government’s Prevent programme is based on “ignorance”.

It was set up to stop people being drawn into terrorist activities, but has been labelled “toxic” by critics.

“They don’t understand properly how Prevent works,” Commander Dean Haydon told the BBC’s Asian Network.

He added that some criticism came from parts of the community that “don’t want Prevent to work in the first place”.

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  • Millie_Woods

    Most of the UK’s public policy is based on ignorance. That’s why they’re in the mess they’re in.