The Metropolitan Police Service has been working with local schools in Barnet to educate students on the issues of violent extremism.
An example school, in year ten at St. James’ High School, Barnet were involved in a tabletop exercise designed to give members of the community an insight into the decision making process undertaken during a counter terrorism operation. The exercise is aimed to give pupils a better understanding of counter terrorism procedures, and why the police have to make decisions in order to protect the public. It also demonstrates how agencies and communities can work together to defeat terrorism.
The day involved the pupils being given information about a terrorist incident in a fictional town via an interactive DVD briefing. The pupils react to the briefing by making decisions on the information they are given.
The Met’s Prevent team, who deal with issues regarding violent extremism, were aided by local schools officers, who worked closely with the pupils