The increased focus on terrorism prevention and countering violent extremism (CVE) has raised questions about the operationalization and implementation of these concepts. Community policing, or collaborative partnerships between law enforcement and individuals and communities, has been identified by many counterterrorism experts as a valuable and practical prevention tool.
CGCC and the United Nations Counterterrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), with support from the Government of New Zealand, co-hosted a meeting in Bangkok to explore the role of community policing in countering terrorism and violent extremism. The meeting provided a platform for law enforcement officials and community policing experts and practitioners from Thailand, New Zealand, Canada, and Belgium to exchange lessons learned and good practices in community policing techniques, and how these can inform national and international efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism. Speakers presented case studies on community policing in their respective countries and participants were able to engage in detailed interactions regarding the challenges and success of these programs. The discussions benefitted from proactive and candid interventions by senior officers and representatives from the Royal Thai Police, particularly the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), which has developed a strong community policing approach over the past decade.