What is Prevent?
Prevent aims to stop people from being drawn into terrorism. It is part of the government’s counter -terrorism strategy.
Prevent is supported by three specific objectives which can be summarised as:
If you would like to find out more about the Prevent Strategy please click here.
Since 1 July 2015 the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on certain bodies to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This includes:
- Local authorities
- Schools (excluding higher and further education)
- Further education
- Higher education
- The health sector
- Prisons and probation
- The police
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 and Northern Irish related terrorism.
Disrupting terrorist activity, preventing radicalisation and supporting those vulnerable to becoming involved in violent 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.
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 Officer (PO). POs 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. 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 POs you can send in a question. Alternatively, see who your local PO is by clicking on the attachment to the right.
Working in partnership
GMP’s Prevent Team works in partnership with all ten local authorities within Greater Manchester. Representatives meet regularly and further information can be found by contacting:
Manchester Prevent Coordinator
Telephone: 0161 856 9305
Further information on Prevent can be found at: