What is Prevent?
The Government’s National Prevent Strategy’s aim is to:
Stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
This is supported by three specific objectives which can be summarised as:
In response to the national strategy, the GMP Prevent Team aims to:
Mitigate against the threat of terrorism in Greater Manchester by using the core principles of Neighbourhood Policing, Crime Prevention and Safeguarding in a counter terrorism context.
The threat we face from terrorism is real and Prevent is built on the very simple concept that we can’t arrest our way out of the problem. While we rightly focus on the significant threat posed by international terrorism and those in the UK who are inspired by it, we also work to reduce the threats, risks and vulnerabilities posed by domestic extremists such as the Far Right, Far Left, extreme Animal Rights activists and Northern Irish related terrorism.
Disrupting terrorist activity, preventing radicalisation and supporting those vulnerable to becoming involved in extremism is a shared responsibility under Prevent. Within Greater Manchester Police, a dedicated Prevent Team puts significant effort into building relationships with local police officers and other specialist departments, local partners and communities to:
- Increase multi-agency understanding of Prevent
- Build a shared understanding of threat, risk and vulnerability
- Work with partners to find common solutions
- Increase confidence within our communities.
How do we work with businesses?
Prevent cannot be effectively delivered by the Police alone. It has to be delivered hand in hand by the Police and a range of partner agencies.
The GMP Prevent Team is split into three parts:
Prevent Engagement is a key part of our work. This can be best described as Neighbourhood Policing within a Counter Terrorism context.
Every Division in Greater Manchester has a dedicated Prevent Engagement Officer (PEO).
PEOs work with local communities to identify tensions and grievances. They build relationships with key community contacts to provide reassurance and help build resilience. The team of officers aim to encourage ongoing discussions with communities in order to make sure that terrorism is prevented from taking root in our communities and neighbourhoods.
They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups for example. Through this work we are strengthening communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which could lead to terrorism.
Partner Engagement is the key to building relationships with organisations and individuals locally who own a stake in managing risk and protecting vulnerable communities and individuals.
If you would like to find out more about the work of our PEOs, please use our Find out more section.
Alternatively, see who your local PEO is by clicking on the attachment to the right.
Awareness, Development and Briefing
Our Awareness, Development and Briefing team produces briefing products that allow us to share important information with communities on a range of counter terrorism issues.
Please click on the link on the right hand side of the page to see the products that are available to you.
If you would like further information in relation to Prevent briefings or would like to book a briefing please use our Find out more section. All of our packages are free of charge.
Channel – Safeguarding Vulnerable People from Being Drawn into Terrorism
Channel is a key element of the Prevent strategy. It is a multi-agency approach to protect people at risk from radicalisation. Channel uses existing collaboration between Local Authorities, statutory partners (Adult, Youth and Children’s Services such as Education, Health , Social Services, and offender management services), the police and the local community to:
- identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism
- assess the nature and extent of that risk
- develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
Channel is about safeguarding children and adults from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity. It is about early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risks they face.
If you would like further information on Channel please use our Find out more section. Alternatively, see who your local Channel Safeguarding Officer is by clicking on the attachment to the right.
If you have concerns about an individual potentially being radicalised please ring 101 quoting Channel. If it is an emergency please ring 999.
Protect & Prepare
Counter Terrorism Security Advisors
GMP has dedicated Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSAs) who are coordinated, trained and tasked by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, a specialist police organisation located within the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.
The primary role of these advisors is to provide protective and counter terrorism security advice to support businesses and the public sector. The advice available takes into account both conventional and non-conventional terrorist techniques and the aim is to reduce vulnerability to terrorist threats. The CTSAs work closely with other police forces throughout the country, government departments and other agencies.
The CTSAs offer advice and help on all aspects of counter terrorism security to:
- Retail Organisations
- Financial Institutions
- Medical Research & Educational Institutes
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- NHS Trusts
- Farming Industry
- Major Tourist Locations
- Trade organisations
- Risk Assessment
- Bomb Threat Response
- Physical Security Measures
- Mail Handling Procedures
- Business Continuity & Contingency Planning
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods
- Secure Storage of Pathogens, Toxins & Radiological Materials
The public can play a key role in supporting the police by remaining vigilant, being security minded and having good security measures in place. You can protect your business against crime and make the work of terrorists more difficult. A small investment in security measures greatly enhances the feeling of security on behalf of everyone and helps protect those around you.
CTSAs deliver various briefing packages to inform a wide range of audiences, some of which have been developed on a national basis (such as ARGUS and GRIFFIN) while other presentations are specifically designed to meet the needs of the customer.
Project Argus explores the ways in which businesses can prevent, handle and recover from a terrorist attack. It achieves this by taking businesses through a simulated terrorist attack and challenging them to explore the options available and identify their main priorities should such an attack occur. Project Argus highlights the importance of being prepared and having the necessary plans in place to help safeguard staff, customers and company assets.
Project Griffin aims to raise awareness among security personnel about terrorism and the measures that can be taken to counter the threat so that they are better equipped to deal with their organisation’s security challenges on a day-to-day basis and in the event of a major incident.
Project Griffin consists of two main strands:
- Counter Terrorism Awareness Day - Attendees receive inputs on the current terrorist threat, explosives, terrorist planning and cordon management
- Monthly Conference Call – Police provide information on current threat levels and crime trends and inform security personnel what action (if any) is required
Events can be held at individual organisations premises if required (subject to numbers).
For non-urgent crime prevention advice, businesses can contact their local Police Crime Reduction Officer through your local Neighbourhood Policing Team, but if you feel that your company could benefit from Counter Terrorism security advice, you can email us at CTSA@gmp.police.uk