Counter Terrorism

There is no specific terrorist or violent extremist threat to Cleveland. However, terrorism and violent extremism remains a real and serious threat to us all.

Act now and you might save lives

Cleveland Police are calling on the public to share information with their friends and family about how they can help counter terrorism - and potentially ACT to save lives.

Following a number of recent incidents in London, police in Cleveland are keen to remind local communities that terrorists can strike anywhere and everyone across the UK should remain alert but not alarmed.

A nationwide campaign was launched recently to encourage anyone with concerns about possible terrorist activity to contact the authorities. Called ACT, for Action Counters Terrorism, the key message is that no one should worry about wasting police time.
If you have suspicions - just ACT.

All the details can be seen via this link - which officers want people to share. The site includes videos - watched by nearly one million people so far - along with posters and two podcasts which tell real life stories about how the public helped foil terror attacks.

Since launching the initiative in March, 3000 people have contacted police with information. The vast majority of concerns turned out to be nothing, but a small number contributed significant information that police have followed up on - information that might otherwise have been missed.

A spokesperson from the Cleveland Police Counter Terrorism Unit says: "Information from the public is vital to stopping atrocities. The police and security services are working hard to tackle the threat but we can't do it alone.

"We are working with lots of different agencies and businesses who are all able to contribute to keeping our communities safe - but we need the public more than ever.

"We understand that people might hesitate to contact us because they are worried it could be wasting police time. In most cases it will be nothing to be concerned about but we would rather you called than risk us missing some vital piece of information. All information received will be treated in confidence.

"Someone right now will know something that could make a big different to one of our investigations. They could literally be saving lives by getting in touch, so please share the link".

Run Hide Tell

Stay Safe

Public guidance for firearms and weapons attacks released.

An information film that provides advice on the steps to take to keep safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack has been released to the public today by National Counter Terrorism Policing.

Recent events around the world remind us all of the terrorist threat we face, which in the UK is considered as ‘SEVERE’, meaning an attack is highly likely. Police and security agencies are working tirelessly to protect the public but it is also important that communities
remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.

The four minute film, Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack sets out three key steps for keeping safe. The film is accompanied by an online information leaflet.

The film and leaflet advise that if you are caught up in an incident to ‘run, hide and tell’ - guidance which can be applied to many places and situations.

Link to leaflet here.

How can someone with disabilities follow the Run Hide Tell advice?

Police advice in the event of a firearms or weapons attack is that people should Run, Hide, Tell.
Wherever possible Run to a place of safety. If there’s nowhere to go, then Hide. Finally, and only when it is safe to do so, Tell the police by calling 999.
All situations are different and we recognise that people’s ability to Run, Hide, Tell will vary for reasons such as age, fitness and capability.
When running is not an option, people should make every effort to move away from the area as quickly as they can.  The RHT guidance highlights the importance of people caught up in such a scenario assisting those around them who
may need help.
Should an attack take place in a workplace, companies also have a duty of care to make provision to facilitate the evacuation of disabled employees , and should have a bespoke plan in place 
In the event of an emergency situation.

How does the Run Hide Tell guidance apply to deaf and hard of hearing people specifically?

The Run, Hide Tell advice highlights the importance of people who are caught up in a firearms or weapons attack , wherever possible, assisting those around them who may need help to move away from danger. For example someone who is deaf or hard of hearing may be  unable to tell where a source of a gunshot may be coming from so may be unsure in which direction to go.
The initial priorities for officers who respond to a firearms or weapons attack will be to assess the threat and risk, as well as the potential vulnerability of anyone caught up in the incident.
Our firearms officers receive core training on how to deal with different communities, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. This includes deaf awareness and pointers on how to interact with deaf or hard of hearing members of the public and reminds them that they need to consider factors  such as sensory impairment or communications difficulties.

Counter Terrorism

Terrorism and violent extremism is not the product of any one religion or community.

Terrorists and violent extremists actively aim to damage community relations, undermine the values we all share and create divisions.

The United Kingdom has had a long-term strategy for countering international terrorism, known as CONTEST.

The National CONTEST strategy, followed by all UK forces is divided into four strands:

  • Preventing terrorism, by tackling the radicalisation of individuals.
  • Pursuing terrorists and those that sponsor them.
  • Protecting the public, key national services and UK interests overseas.
  • Preparing for the consequences.

In line with this strategy, we aim to:

  • Raise awareness of the threat of terrorism and all forms of violent extremist activity within the community.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships to promote safer communities.
  • Gather intelligence.
  • Detect and disrupt networks and individuals active in violent extremist activity   
  • Monitor travel patterns to help enhance / maintain border controls.
  • Prevent violent extremist activity through early intervention and community reassurance.

What can you do

  • Trust your instincts.
  • Report any concerns you may have about individuals, places or events.


Call 999 if there is an immediate threat to life.

If you have information about possible terrorist activity, call the police anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321 or 101

Cleveland Police has bespoke teams who cover the Cleveland area and Ports. These teams work with relevant partners and the community focusing on the four strands of CONTEST.

In addition the force has a dedicated Communities and Partnerships team who are the main drivers for the delivery of the Prevent strand of CONTEST with the assistance of relevant partners and the community.

Communities and Partnerships Team

The Communities and Partnerships team can provide training, information and advice on Prevent.

If you require further information please use the following contact details:

Email: mailto:[email protected]

Telephone: 101

Cleveland Police need your help to protect our communities from terrorists and extremists. We welcome your contact, information and support.

Useful Links

Security Service MI5

Syria Booklet

Prevent Tragedies