Hertfordshire Constabulary



For over eight years, the whole of the United Kingdom has had a long-term strategy for countering International terrorism, known as CONTEST. The strategy is divided into four strands: PREVENT, PURSUE, PROTECT and PREPARE.


Hertfordshire Constabulary will protect the right of all communities to pursue their way of life as they wish, free of the fear of violence and intimidation. We will not tolerate hate crime against individuals or communities on account of their race or religion and will act swiftly and decisively against those who carry them out.


It is important that the public remain alert and aware of their surroundings. Together we can fight terrorism and make our communities safer.


Activity is always being undertaken across the county on all four strands of the CONTEST Strategy with an emphasis on PREVENTING extremism developing. We are working closely with key partners to tackle extremism within any of our communities in Hertfordshire.


If you hear or see anything suspicious, be it a vehicle, package, or person we would like to hear from you. Whilst these are difficult to define we advise people to rely on instinct about whether something is suspicious. If in doubt please just call us.


The force is constantly reviewing both intelligence and contingency plans for any incidents that may occur.


Vigilance on the part of the public is one of the best ways of preventing and detecting crime, including terrorist crime. We firmly believe that communities defeat terrorism. Please let us know if you have any suspicions. We don't mind if it proves to be a false alarm.


The Government’s Prevent strategy is about protecting people from the threat of terrorism. It is about stepping in to help vulnerable people at risk of being recruited by terrorist or extremist groups,  whether in this country or encouraged to travel abroad, and safeguarding individuals and the community as a whole.


Communities can work together to develop resilience to extremist influences which support terrorism, be alert to any groups which target them or use their community spaces for propaganda activities and watch for any people who raise funds destined for illegal activities.


Click here for advice about dealing with suspect packages






Telephone 999 if there is an immediate threat to life.


If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline on:


Telephone 0800 789 321


The Community Engagement Officer for Watford, Sgt John Luck, who works closely with the Watford Borough Council and police colleagues to promote trust, confidence & understanding between communities, also can be contacted on:


Telephone 01923 472450


Click here for information on Hertfordshire's Counter Terrorism Security Advisers


If you have general information about potential terrorist activity please ring the Anti-Terrorist Hotline number on:


Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline: Call 0800 789 321



  • Please note - There is considerable effort taking place to remove terrorist material from the Internet and individuals can - and should - refer any content they are concerned about to the police at www.gov.uk/report-terrorism or directly to the social media platforms themselves, who can act against material that breaches their own terms and conditions.


Web Links


Home Office

Web Link Home Office Counter-Terrorism Advice


UK Resilience

Web Link UK Government advice and guidance on contingency matters for the public


Secure Your Fertiliser

Web Link Home Office website with advice on how to secure stores of fertiliser to prevent its use in terrorist activities