Prevent Strategy

Prevent is a vital part of our counter terrorism strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Prevent forms part of the Government's Counter Terrorism Strategy CONTEST.

The vast majority of people living in this country do not support terrorism. However, there are those who seek to promote extremist and terrorist ideologies. They also look to radicalise and recruit vulnerable people, cause fear and harm our communities.

These threats come from a range of sources including International Terrorism (for example Al Qa'ida and like-minded groups), Northern Ireland Related Terrorism and Domestic Extremism (for example far right extremists).

Working to prevent terrorism is about challenging these ideas and those who promote them. Together, the Police and partners work to support those individuals and institutions that may be vulnerable through projects such as community programmes, discussion forums, educational and recreational activities.

What is an extremist?

The definition of an extremist is someone who is vocally or actively opposed to British values. This includes democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. The Prevent Strategy also defines an extremist as a person who calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.

What is ideology?

Ideology is a set of ideas and beliefs which form a worldview that provides the basis for action that is intended to preserve or change the existing social and political order.


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