Counter terrorism

Terrorism is a real and serious threat to us all. To counter the terrorist threat, we must all work together to tackle the terrorist challenge. Although there is no direct and specific threat in Lancashire, we are working closely with partner agencies and communities to tackle all forms of extremism.

How is Counter Terrorism being tackled in the UK?

The United Kingdom has a long-term plan for countering international terrorism, known as the Contest Strategy, which is divided into 4 strands that include:

  1. Prevent
  2. Pursue
  3. Protect
  4. Prepare

How is Counter Terrorism being tackled in Lancashire?

We know that the best way to combat the terrorist threat is to work hard to prevent people becoming involved in extremist activity in the first place. 

We have led the way nationally in developing innovative initiatives that engage young people right across the county and encourage discussion and debate about counter terrorism between community groups.

We recognise for young people exploring ideas, developing a sense of identity and forming views are a normal part of growing up. We have developed a school resource pack to aid teachers in delivering this sensitive subject in schools and further education institutions.

Our initiatives include:

Act Now

An interactive workshop delivered in schools, colleges and community centres across Lancashire. It allows young people to become Counter Terrorism Officers for the day and make decisions based on information from police sources and the community about a pretend terrorist incident. The workshop creates a debate about terrorist issues and dealing with community issues that result from a terrorist incident.

Not in my Name

A DVD that is delivered in schools and colleges as part of our school resource pack. It allows young peopleto discuss the sensitive issues around Islam, extremism and terrorism in a safe classroom environment.


A  DVD scenario of a terrorist arrest that is delivered to community groups. It allows community representatives and partner agencies to consider the impact of counter terrorism policing and anti-terror legislation on all members of the community.

How can you help in the fight against Counter Terrorism?

We firmly believe that communities defeat terrorism. Vigilance on the part of the community is one of the best ways of preventing and detecting crime, including terrorist crime.

It is important that communities remain alert as working together we can fight terrorism and make our communities safer. We want you to rely on your instincts and something does not feel right, there is a chance it is not right.

If you see a suspicious person, vehicle or package we want you to report it.

We don't mind if it proves to be a false alarm.

How will we act on the information you provide?

We will act on information provided by the community and will ensure that all potential security risks are treated seriously. We will take action to protect the right of all communities to pursue their way of life as they wish, free of the fear of violence and intimidation.

By acting on potential security risks we might need to close a road or evacuate a building. We need you to understand that community safety is our main concern and would expect you to be patient if inconvenienced in any way.

Key contact

Lancashire constabulary

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