Counter terrorism

The North West Counter Terrorism Unit (NW CTU) tackles the terrorist threat in the North West, which includes the Greater Manchester area.

The unit supports GMP in protecting the public from terrorist threats and builds on the existing good work that local police officers are doing within our communities.

Officers and staff support GMP by providing specialist skills and expertise when faced with a terrorist threat. They also work closely with neighbourhood policing teams across Greater Manchester on a day to day basis in order to help raise awareness about terrorism.

Intelligence collection and analysis

Intelligence is gathered by both overt and covert methods. It is then assessed, evaluated, analysed and disseminated and is used to inform both Police Forces and the Security Service about threats from groups and individuals regarding national security and domestic extremism issues.

Counter Terrorism Investigations

Our investigations team includes experienced officers and police staff who utilise their skills to speak to people with information, interview witnesses and deal with suspects who have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in terrorist related offences and offences relating to domestic extremism e.g. animal rights activists. They are supported by staff with specialist skills such computer examination, financial investigation and the forensic recovery of articles and evidence.

Case Study

In July 2012, a husband and wife from Oldham who were preparing to carry out a terrorist attack in Greater Manchester were jailed. Shasta Khan was convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation
for acts of terrorism and three counts of possessing a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism following a trial and was jailed for 8 years. She
must serve a minimum of 4 years before being eligible for parole.

Mohammed Sajid Khan pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism and received an indeterminate sentence. He must serve a minimum of 7 years and 6 months before being eligible for parole. Read a case study about them here.


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