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Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism in Montgomery County - Interview With Darryl McSwain

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July 2016
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In this video and accompanying transcript, Darryl McSwain, assistant chief at the Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland), discusses the "Montgomery County Model" for preventing domestic radicalization and violent extremism.
This model includes working with schools to guide and support youth in preventing and countering aggressive and violent behaviors and partnering with researchers to develop culturally sensitive prevention programs proven to be effective through scientific evaluations. The model is community-led in that it involves a broad range of community members in the faith community, representatives of the county government, and law enforcement leaders. The focus is on developing a network that involves a comprehensive plan of action that uses multiple community resources in influencing the attitudes and behaviors of children, youth, and young adults in becoming responsible and beneficial members of the community. Particular aspects of the model discussed in this interview are working with schools in community policing; the benefits of establishing a partnership with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research arm of the U.S. Justice Department; and how collaboration with researchers has been an important component of the model.

Date Published: July 1, 2016