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
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
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
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.
here for advice about dealing with suspect packages
999 if there is an immediate threat
If you have information about
possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline
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
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:
- 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.
advice and guidance on contingency matters for the public
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