Preventing Extremism

Preventing Extremism

CONTEST is the UK’s strategy for countering terrorism. It involves many partners working together.

It has four elements:

  • Pursue - to stop terrorist attacks through disruption, investigation and detection
  • Prepare - where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact
  • Protect - to strengthen against terrorist attack, including borders and utilities
  • Prevent - to stop people becoming terrorists or being drawn towards terrorism

What is PREVENT?

Prevent aims to stop people becoming terrorists or being drawn towards terrorism.

It aims to:

  • tackle the causes of radicalisation
  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism
  • safeguard and support those most at risk of radicalisation 
  • enable people already engaged in terrorism to disengage and rehabilitate
  • safeguard vulnerable people 

For more information about Prevent, visit Cambridgeshire Police Website Prevent | Cambridgeshire Constabulary (

ACT Early

ACT Early provides advice and support around radicalisation, Prevent, and how to seek help. ACT Early | Prevent radicalisation

Report a concern

If you have a concern that someone you know is drawn to extremism, report it to Cambridgeshire Police via  Refer someone to the Prevent Team | Cambridgeshire Constabulary ( where you can access the online referral form alternatively you can email the prevent team at

For advice, call 101 and ask for the Prevent team.

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

Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism on