Some police services have sought to apply community policing in their efforts to prevent terrorism. Community policing, with its focus on establishing police-public partnerships between the police, other public authorities and communities for proactive problem solving, can make a tangible and durable contribution to broader strategic efforts to prevent terrorism and counter VERLT.
However, policymakers and police leaders should have realistic expectations about the results that community policing can deliver in response to what is often a low-incidence, highly complex and multidimensional problem. Community policing cannot function as a stand-alone tool to prevent terrorism and counter VERLT. It should be embedded in a comprehensive, coherent and human rights-compliant strategy to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and tackle conditions that are conducive to it.