Preventing violent extremism

The Prevent strategy is part of the UK Counter-Terrorism Strategy known as Contest.

The strategy involves thousands of people – police and intelligence officers, the emergency services, local authorities, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, governments and other partners – working in together across the UK and the world to protect the public.

The stratgey has four key elements:

  • Pursue – to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent – to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect – to strengthen our protection against terrorist attack
  • Prepare – where an attack cannot be stopped, to lessen its impact
  • What does this mean for Devon?

    The aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming or supporting terrorists or violent extremists.

    Prevent in Devon is delivered in partnership with Torbay Council by a wide range of organisations including the Police, NHS, Education, Fire Rescue Service and a number of community groups . Together we recognise that the best long term solution to preventing terrorism is to stop people becoming terrorists in the first place.

    The aim is supported by the following objectives:

    to challenge extremist beliefs;

    disrupt those who promote violent extremism;

    support individuals who are vulnerable to recruitment by violent extremists;

    increase resilience of communities to engage with and resist violent extremists;

    effectively deal with grievances;

    develop ‘Prevent’ related intelligence, analysis and research;

    improve strategic communications
    Our aim is to support local communities and institutions to challenge and reject the message of extremism. The Prevent strategy also aims to support vulnerable members of our communities by helping to turn them away from violent extremism.

  • Don't rely on others

    If you see it, suspect it – report it by phoning the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or email

    As the UK faces a continuing threat from both international and domestic terrorism, no one is better placed than members of the public to notice extremist activity within their own community.

    Violent extremist activity can be recognised in a variety of forms and just a few of them include:

    Giving out leaflets or displaying posters that carry a violent extremist message

    Looking at violent extremist forums or websites, perhaps in internet cafes

    Extremist groups meeting in private or community centres

    Watching terrorist or violent extremist promotional videos

    For immediate threats, such as a suspicious package or vehicle always call 999.


  • How to report terrorist content you find on the web

    The internet is used by some people to promote terrorism and extremism. The Government and police are committed to protecting the public from terrorist content online, but we cannot do this alone. Everyone who uses the internet can help to make it safer by reporting terrorist content you think might be illegal, or which you find offensive.