Craig McCann is the Policing and Community Partnerships Specialist at Moonshot CVE, a boutique start-up specialising in countering violent extremism. The company designs new methodologies and technologies to enhance the capacity of its clients to respond effectively to violent extremism, bringing fresh thinking and decades of experience across sectors to push new boundaries. Its work ranges from software development and digital capacity building, to leading global counter-messaging campaigns.
Prior to joining Moonshot Craig was a Detective Chief Inspector in the Metropolitan Police Service. Over his 14 years service he worked in a variety of portfolios ranging from neighbourhood policing to the Criminal Investigation Department. He moved into counter terrorism policing in 2010 and has since worked both operationally and strategically in the police service delivery of the Prevent Strategy. He has led a number of departments including the ground-breaking Channel intervention programme for East-London, the Muslim Contact Unit and the Extremist Disruption Team within the Counter Terrorism Command.
In 2013 Craig became the Deputy to the National Strategic Lead for Channel, which led on to him taking the role of Head of Strategy & Policy for the national Prevent policing portfolio where he led on setting the strategy for Prevent Case Management and worked closely with the Home Office in determining the police Prevent statutory duty within the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015. Most recently he led on the national business change programme reviewing the deployment of counter terrorism policing resources across England and Wales.
Craig holds a Law Degree and a Masters in Criminology. He recently completed PhD research exploring the impact of the Government’s decision to include right wing extremism within its counter terrorism “Prevent” Strategy on local responses to the English Defence League.