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CONTEST is the Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy that aims to prevent people from becoming a terrorist or supporting terrorism.

The strategy aims to:

  • Prevent the possibility of a terrorist attack
  • Pursue those committing offences linked to terrorism
  • Protect by strengthening our communities and infrastructure against a terrorist attack
  • Prepare by helping to minimise the impact if an attack occurs

More information on the current terrorism threat level can be found on the Home Office website and the National Police Chief’s Council counter terrorism pages.

Be alert to terrorism

You should report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life.

These are just some examples of suspicious activity and behaviour which could potentially be terrorist related:

  • Anyone hiring or acquiring large vehicles or similar for no obvious reason
  • Anyone buying or storing a large amount of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reasons
  • Anyone taking notes or photos of security arrangements, or inspecting CCTV in an unusual way
  • Anyone visiting the dark web, ordering unusual items online or carrying out unusual bank transactions
  • Anyone who has illegal firearms or other weapons or has shown an interest in obtaining them
  • Anyone holding passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reasons
  • Anyone who goes away travelling for long periods of time but is vague about where they’re going

For more information, visit Action Counter Terrorism

Counter Terrorism Security Advisers

As part of the ongoing national counter terrorism strategy, we have a dedicated team of Counter Terrorism Security Adviseos (CTSAs) who are trained and tasked by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

The CTSAs aim is to reduce the threat of terrorism by providing advice, working alongside partners and promoting awareness of how to keep safe.

Counter terrorism at ports

Our Special Branch Ports Unit contributes towards countering the terrorist threat by posting officers to airports and seaports.

The Terrorism Act 2000 enables officers to stop, question and search a person at a port or in a border control area. Our officer will determine whether they are, or have been, involved in preparing, instigating or carrying out acts of terrorism.

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