Countering Violent Extremism
The Public Policy Center is partnering with Nebraska Emergency Management and Two Rivers Public Health Department in a project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security focused on countering violent extremism (CVE). The project focuses on identification of barriers to reporting potential signs of radicalization and preferred community strategies for addressing these barriers, especially those that keep peers or family members who receive an initial report from passing that report on to a helping professional. Public health lead community engagement models appropriate for rural or small to mid-sized cities are used to disseminate materials on countering violent extremism. At the same time, state level agencies are enhancing their ability to provide technical assistance in the area of threat assessment by connecting multi-disciplinary threat assessment expertise with the test communities and ensuring countering violent extremism warning indicators are considered.