The Centre for Prevention

The PET Centre for Prevention has a wide co-operation with actors across Denmark. Since its formation in 2007, its effort to counter radicalisation and violent extremism has been aimed at including all relevant actors with the collective ability to provide the optimal and most coherent nationwide effort within this field. Denmark is a pioneering country within this area.

The Danish prevention model
In recent years, the PET Centre for Prevention and the National Board of Social Services have developed, maintained and reinforced a national structure of co-operation at an authority level, which has enabled the current possibility of addressing radicalisation cases from a national to a local level. All of the crime-preventive co-operation networks, SSP (schools, social services and police), PSP (psychiatric sector, social services and police) and KSP (the Danish Prison and Probation Service, social services and police), have been included into this structure, which is coordinated by the crime-preventive section of the individual police districts.

The preventive efforts of PET are divided into three levels, each addressing the challenge of radicalisation and violent extremism:

Militant extremism (EXIT)
The centre for Prevention conducts interviews with individuals who have caused significant security concerns or who have been convicted of crimes related to violent extremism/terrorism.

Individuals and groups at high risk of becoming radicalised (capacity building)
The Centre for Prevention uses training, counselling and instruction to support the psychiatric sector, the police, the social sector and the Danish Prison and Probation Service ind handling local  prevention cases.

Common social preconditions (outreach)
Through its preventive and proactive efforts, the Centre for Prevention has set up contact with civilian resource individuals and other dialogue partners to help ensure that local communities possess the required resilience and cohesive force to address challenges related to radicalisation and violent extremism.

All three levels are systematically included in the collective national structure of co-operation.