Terrorism: 'It’s time to speak up and stand up', says former police chief Nazir Afzal

Terrorism: 'It’s time to speak up and stand up', says former police chief

A terror attack took place in London on Saturday (June 3)

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's time for people to speak up and stand up against those who have been radicalised, according to the former chief executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

Nazir Afzal resigned from his position so that he could speak out after recent terror attacks, as he had been told doing so could raise potentially controversial policing issues.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer that he doesn't care that he no longer has a job, as he wants to help people understand that this issue is embedded in all of our communities.

Afzal believes the Government's Prevent strategy has been poorly communicated, as some people won't report people who have been potentially radicalised as they think they won't get help but will be prosecuted, which isn't the case.

A Muslim himself, he believes community leaders lead nobody but themselves and it is the responsibility of everyone to recognise there are bad people in our midst.

Afzal said we must stop pretending it’s somebody else's problem and realise that it is a responsibility of everyone to help report others we are concerned about.

Listen to the full interview above