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Contest and Prevent

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The government’s counter-terrorism strategy is known as CONTEST. The aim of CONTEST is to ‘reduce the risk from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence’ (HM Government, 2011).

CONTEST encompasses four strands:

  • Protect – Protecting key infrastructure. This involves making vulnerable locations more resilient to a terrorist attack by target hardening. 
  • Prepare – Where a terrorist attack cannot be stopped to mitigate its impact. 
  • Pursue – Detecting and disrupting terrorists. 
  • Prevent – To stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism/violent extremism.

What is Prevent?

Prevent forms a vital part of CONTEST:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism – This involves undermining the violent extremist narrative that terrorists support.
  • Prevent people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism – This means tackling the underlying causes which may make someone more susceptible to radicalisation.
  • Work with institutions where there are risks of radicalisation – Key areas include education, health, faith, criminal justice and charities.

We aim to empower all communities to stand up to the small minority who support violent extremism.

Prevent is not about spying on people or stigmatising and criminalising individuals and communities. It is about working with communities to identify individuals who may be susceptible to being drawn toward a path of violent extremism. Our aim is to provide support to such individuals to divert them away from violent extremism before they commit any criminal acts.

If you have any questions about Prevent you can email Prevent@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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