Preventing Violent Extremism

The Prevent strategy is part of the UK Counter-Terrorism Strategy known as Contest.

The strategy involves thousands of people – police and intelligence officers, the emergency services, local authorities, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, governments and other partners – working in partnership across the UK and the world to protect the public.

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The strategy has four key elements:

  • Pursue – to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent – to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism
  • Protect – to strengthen our protection against terrorist attack
  • Prepare – where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact

The aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists or violent extremists.

Prevent in Cornwall is delivered in partnership with the Council by a wide range of organisations including the Police, NHS, Fire Rescue Service and a number of community groups . Together we recognise that the best long term solution to preventing terrorism is to stop people becoming terrorists in the first place.

The aim is supported by the following objectives:

  1. to challenge extremist ideology;
  2. disrupt those who promote violent extremism;
  3. support individuals who are vulnerable to recruitment by violent extremists;
  4. increase resilience of communities to engage with and resist violent extremists;
  5. effectively address grievances;
  6. develop 'Prevent' related intelligence, analysis and research;
  7. improve strategic communications.

Our aim is to support local communities and institutions to challenge and reject the message of extremism. The Prevent strategy also aims to support vulnerable members of our communities by helping to divert them away from violent extremism. The Partnership group has just agreed a new referral process so that each agency understands the principles and routes to take for support.

If you see it, suspect it - report it by phoning the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on: 0800 789 321

As the UK faces a continuing threat from both international and domestic terrorism, no one is better placed than members of the public to notice extremist activity within their own community.

Violent extremist activity can be recognised in a variety of forms and just a few of them include:

  • Distributing leaflets or displaying posters that carry a violent extremist message
  • Accessing violent extremist forums or websites, perhaps in internet cafes
  • Extremist groups meeting in private or community centres
  • Viewing terrorist or violent extremist promotional videos.

For immediate threats, such as a suspicious package or vehicle always call 999

The internet is used by some people to promote terrorism and extremism. The Government and police are committed to protecting the public from terrorist content online, but we cannot do this alone. Everyone who uses the internet can help to make it safer.

A dedicated webpage is available where you can report online content you think might be illegal, or which you find offensive. A poster promoting this site is also available.