Cross the Line initiative attracts more than 25,000 users
A pioneering initiative spearheaded by Bedfordshire Police has attracted 25,000 users in its first month, raising awareness among young people of the dangers of radicalisation, hate crime and online extremism.
‘Cross the Line’ is a hard-hitting web app which places the user right at the heart of the action by using information from the individual’s online personal profiles, alongside video and social media messages.
The app guides the user along a virtual path which sees them become drawn into the clutches of extremist ideology, before descending into violent hate crime in which they are a suspect.
The user is presented with various choices along the journey which have a profound impact on the steps they take and ultimately decide whether they eventually ‘Cross the Line’ into extremist behaviour.
The new initiative aims to convey just how easily anyone can become exposed to and influenced by radical behaviour, and to educate young people about what the consequences of this may be.
Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire says: “We’re very pleased that the app has been experienced by so many people since its launch.
“Seeing the number of people that ‘Cross the Line’ has reached so far, we believe it has the potential to make a significant difference to young people’s attitudes towards radicalisation, hate crime and extremism.
“We, along with our partner agencies and fellow forces in the region, simply aim to give young people the tools to spot what online radicalisation may look like and make an informed choice about whether they themselves would cross the line.”
The app is being promoted to young people in the area through social media channels. Those who want to try it out and see if they would ‘Cross the Line’ can go to www.crosstheline.co.uk.
‘Cross the Line’ is an initiative developed by the Prevent team at Bedfordshire Police. Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism and is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.
Prevent aims to stop people becoming drawn into extremist or terrorist activity, using a range of measures. For more information, visit: http://www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/.
Bedfordshire Police is encouraging anyone with a friend or relative who they feel may be in need of help, or who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, to contact them for support and early intervention on 101, or alternatively contact the national police hotline in confidence on 0800 789 321.
Additionally, anyone who experiences hate crime is urged to report the matter to police on 101. Bedfordshire Police has also worked closely with partners to set up a number of third-party reporting centres – the full list can be found at: http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/hate_crime_and_hate_incidents/third_party_reporting_centres.aspx.
The app is available to experience at www.crosstheline.co.uk.
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