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Countering the terrorist threat

The terrorist threat is real and there is no room for complacency. We must all remain alert and aware of our surroundings at all times. Together we can fight terrorism and make our communities safer.

A community that thinks "It will never happen here" benefits only the criminal, the terrorist and the violent extremist alike.

Counter terrorism policing is a priority for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.  We work alongside other police forces within the West Midlands region and throughout the UK as well as MI5, government departments and partner agencies to ensure our force areas remain a safe place to live, work and visit. We undertake a wide range of activities as part of the government's national counter terrorism strategy, known as CONTEST which has four objectives;

To Prevent people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremists. This is a long term and vital element focusing on building relationships with all communities including providing assistance to key groups who experience community tensions and grievances. Our aim is to reassure and build resilience in our communities and, together with our partners, raise awareness and provide support to those who are affected.  In this way, we impact upon the underlying causes of violent extremism and diminish support for their activities.

To Pursue - to stop terrorist attacks.  This will be achieved by improving our understanding of terrorist networks, tracking down terrorists, disrupting their activity and bringing them to justice.

To Protect - to strengthen the country's overall protection against terrorist attacks.  We must protect all those people who either live, work or pass through the West Mercia area by ensuring that the area increasingly becomes a harder target for terrorist activity.

To Prepare - where an attack cannot be stopped, to try to lessen its impact.  The force must prepare for the consequences of a terrorist attack and improve its resilience to cope with this and other major disruptive challenges.

 

If You Suspect It, Report It - Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321

Call 999 if there is an immediate threat to life

Call 101 if it's not urgent

 

Preparing to commit any criminal act requires preparation and planning. This may result in people behaving oddly resulting in suspicious behaviour. If you think that you may have seen something suspicious or you are unsure about somebody's activities or behaviour, however insignificant it may seem at the time, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

 

Calls are taken in confidence by specialist officers who will analyse your information. They'll decide if and how to follow it up. Your call could be vital to us, however uncertain you may be about making it.

Don't rely on others to make the call - we would rather you call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline than do nothing and hope the problem will go away.

What Should I Look Out For?

If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental made you suspicious?

Do you know someone with documents in different names for no obvious reason?

Observation and surveillance help criminals plan attacks (which includes terrorists). Have you seen anyone appearing to video or take pictures of security measures or in unusual circumstances?

Do you know someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals or fertiliser for no obvious reason?

Handling chemicals may be dangerous. You may have been approached in unusual circumstances to sell safety equipment or perhaps you've seen equipment such as goggles or masks dumped somewhere.

Credit card and financial fraud are ways for criminals to generate cash. If you have information which relates to financial crimes you should report it

Cyber crime is a priority for the UK Government. Downloading certain terrorist related material may be an offence. Do you know someone who visits terrorist-related websites?

Additional information

Information about threats to national security. www.mi5.gov.uk.

Current terrorism threat level
https://www.gov.uk/terrorism-national-emergency

National Counter Terrorism Strategy
https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/protecting-the-uk-against-terrorism

National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO)
www.gov.uk/nactso

Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
www.cpni.gov.uk