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Terrorism and Radicalisation

The threat from terrorism is real and serious. 

We've seen that terrorists can strike at any time and any place without warning. Staffordshire Police plays a key role in protecting the UK, but communities defeat terrorism so we need your support.  You can help us prevent terrorism and save lives.

The current threat level is: SEVERE - for more information please click here.

How to Report Terrorism & Radicalisation

If you are aware or suspicious of terrorist activities or radicalisation you must immediately report it to the authorities.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

Here are the ways that you can report any form of terrorism or extremism:

Sixty Second Security Check List

Experts from Counter Terrorism Policing will be asking retailers and other businesses who operate in crowded places to think about their contingency plans, asking them to draw up a 'Sixty Second Security' plan which has the power to improve their reaction to emergencies.

Launching the campaign, the national Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth, said: 

"As people are enjoying the festive season they will see a visible security presence with police patrols and additional security in crowded places.

"Unpredictable deployments across the UK will also provide an additional layer of protection, with specially-trained uniformed and plain clothes officers working to deter, detect and disrupt hostile reconnaissance and encourage the public and businesses to be their extra eyes and ears and report anything that doesn't feel right."

Specialist advice for companies operating in crowded places, such as major events, sport stadia, visitor attractions, bars, theatres and shopping centres, is available on the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) website along with CT Policing's new ACT Awareness e-Learning tool. The tool, developed to provide nationally accredited counter terrorism guidance helps industry better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology.

Sixty Second Security is a quick list of security-minded questions that all security and crowded places staff should know the answers to in order to improve reactions to emergency situations.  

Sixty Second Security Check List:

  • Who is appointed to make decisions on the shop floor, and do they know what they're doing?
  • How do you enter and exit the building in emergency?
  • How do you lock down quickly?
  • Where can you hide?
  • How do you communicate and how do you stay updated if you find yourself in a RHT scenario?
  • Have you briefed your staff?


Prevent1Prevent is the Government's strategy to stop people becoming Terrorists or supporting Terrorism in all its forms. It's about working together to build stronger, safer communities.

Prevent works at a pre-criminal stage by using early intervention to encourage individuals and communities to challenge extremists and terrorist ideology and behaviour.

The main objectives of Prevent are to:

  • Tackle radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism.
  • Safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation through early intervention, identifying them and offering support.
  • Enable those who have already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate.

The strategy makes clear the importance of the role that public authorities have to play in achieving these aims. It is an extension of the safeguarding process in the same ways that authorities help to safeguard people from CSE, gang violence, or substance misuse.

Prevent is about encouraging people to talk and to challenge their concerns. Not to be afraid to have a conversation.

Terrorists can come from and target any background, any community, any religion or faith. They can be young or old, male or female. They use distorted views and beliefs in order to groom people into doing things for them. It is a form of bullying.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

Terrorist target the young as they are willing to listen, they seek adventure and they are often very comfortable in challenging authority due to the learning process. They promise young people great rewards and play on their easily influenced state of minds for their own gain. 

For further information please visit  Let's Talk About It, contact the Prevent Team on 01785 232054 or email: prevent@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Signs of Possible Terrorist Activity

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan and prepare, buy and store materials, and find ways to fund their activities. Much of this is done in view of the public.

If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it in confidence. Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. You can help the police prevent terrorism and save lives. Action Counters Terrorism.

You can help by knowing the signs and behaviours of terrorists and being vigilant of their activities, both online and in your community, such as:

Storage: Lock-ups, garages and sheds can be used by terrorists to store equipment. Are you suspicious of anyone renting commercial property?

Chemicals: Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals for no obvious reason?

Protective equipment: Handling chemicals is dangerous. Have you seen goggles or masks dumped somewhere?

Funding: Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash. Have you noticed any suspicious transactions?

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

Surveillance: Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you witnessed anyone taking pictures of security arrangements?

Transport: If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental seemed out of the ordinary?

Travel: Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they're going?

Communication: Anonymous, pay-as-you-go and stolen mobiles are typical. Have you seen someone who has several mobiles for no obvious reason?

Computers: Do you know someone who visits terrorist-related websites or shares content that promotes or glorifies terrorism? Read more about online terrorism below.

If any of the above ring true, trust your instincts, ACT and report it. Our specially trained officers will take it from there.

What are the signs of possible online terrorist activity?

Some people use the internet to promote, glorify or help carry out acts of terrorism and violent extremism. You can help by being vigilant for behaviour and content such as:

  • speeches or essays calling for racial or religious violence
  • videos of violence with messages in praise of terrorists
  • postings inciting people to commit acts of terrorism or violent extremism
  • messages intended to stir up hatred against any religious or ethnic group
  • bomb-making instructions

If you suspect certain online behaviour or content could be of a terrorist or violent extremist nature, you can help make a real difference. ACT on your concerns and report it using the UK Government's simple and anonymous online tool.

Run, Hide, Tell - Stay Safe

Run- to a place of safety. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.

Hide- it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.

Tell - Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you're travelling to. For all EU countries it's 112.


Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:

  • identifying individuals at risk
  • assessing the nature and extent of that risk
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned

Sections 36 to 41 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 set out the duty on local authorities and partners of local panels to provide support for people vulnerable to being drawn into any form of terrorism.

Channel may be appropriate for anyone who is vulnerable to being drawn into any form of terrorism. Channel is about ensuring that vulnerable children and adults of any faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those that would want them to embrace terrorism, and before they become involved in criminal terrorist activity.

Counter Terror Advice for Businesses

ACT Counters TerrorismWe are working with partners at local and national level to ensure communities, including businesses are reassured and kept informed and updated as to what to do to protect themselves in the event of a further terror attack.

Below are some helpful links to further information, support and guidance:

NaCTSO Homepage (National Counter Terrorism Security Office)

This is the authoritative source for counter terrorism information. Also contains contact details for NaCTSO. All the publications below can be found on this site and the links are provided for convenience only.

Protecting crowded places from terrorism

Includes bespoke industry sector specific guidance. More than one guidance document may apply to your business.

Guidance for security managers to improve sites security stance

Advice for security managers of crowed places to improve security and forms part of an escalation plan should the threat level rise. Guidance includes a number of tactical and operational options.

Stay Safe Film - "Run Hide Tell"

Advice for members of the public and businesses about what to do to keep themselves safe in the rare event of a weapons or firearms attack.

Citizen Aid

Advice for members of the public and businesses about immediate action to take following a shooting, stabbing or a bombing.

CPNI Advice Page (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure)

Advice and information on how organisations can protect themselves against national security threats.

To report any suspicious activity or concerns call Action Counters Terrorism confidential hotline 0800 789 321 or 101. If a crime is taking place or in an emergency call 999.