What is Prevent?

Prevent is part of the CONTEST strategy introduced by the government to reduce the risk of terrorism to the UK. Prevent has a specific role aiming to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Prevent work with a wide range of sectors including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health. It provides practical help to prevent people at risk of being drawn into terrorism and ensures they have the advice and support they need.

The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism. However, we prioritise our work according to the risks we face. For instance, following the death of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, the Prime Minister is leading a task force on tackling extremism and radicalisation. The special committee, which includes senior members of the cabinet and security chiefs, builds on the Prevent strategy.

What Prevent do in Merseyside

We can visit your establishment and present the Prevent strategy, an insight into what to look for in individuals. Who may be at risk and why? Signs and behavioural changes that may indicate someone becoming involved in terrorism. And most importantly, what we can do to help the situation.

Raising awareness in this way and spreading the message of Prevent is an important part of keeping the UK safe.

Prevent is going statutory for education and will be required from primary to higher education.

We have both female and male officers who can visit you and remain a point of contact for reporting any suspicious or changes in behaviour.

Get in touch with us for further information.

Keep an eye out on twitter for events we have recently attended by following our @merpolprevent tweets.

Ways to Contact us…

You can call us on 0151 777 8506 or email

You can also contact us via our referral form, which you can access here.

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