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Protecting Bedfordshire from the threat of terrorism remains one of our main priorities. We work across the Eastern region to gather and develop intelligence to protect our communities from terrorism and extremist activity.


We ask you to be our eyes and ears and help us to defeat terrorism. 


Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times and report any suspicious activity.  No matter how small your concern is, we want to hear from you.


Your information could be vital and even help save a life.


Any information you share will be treated in confidence. To get in touch contact police on 101, or alternatively you can call the national police hotline in confidence on 0800 789 321.


Always call 999 in an emergency.



CONTEST is the Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy that aims to prevent people from becoming a terrorist or supporting terrorism. The strategy aims to:

  • Prevent the possibility of a terrorist attack
  • Pursue those committing offences linked to terrorism
  • Protect by strengthening our communities and infrastructure against a terrorist attack
  • Prepare by helping to minimise the impact if an attack occurs

More information on the current terrorism threat level can be found on the Home Office website and the National Police Chief’s Council counter terrorism pages.



Be alert to terrorism

Action Counters Terrorism

You should report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life.


These are just some examples of suspicious activity and behaviour which could potentially be terrorist related:

  • Anyone hiring or acquiring large vehicles or similar for no obvious reason
  • Anyone buying or storing a large amount of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reasons
  • Anyone taking notes or photos of security arrangements, or inspecting CCTV in an unusual way
  • Anyone visiting the dark web, ordering unusual items online or carrying out unusual bank transactions
  • Anyone who has illegal firearms or other weapons or has shown an interest in obtaining them
  • Anyone holding passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reasons
  • Anyone who goes away travelling for long periods of time but is vague about where they’re going

For more information, visit the ACT website.


Counter Terrorism Security Advisers

As part of the ongoing national counter terrorism strategy, we have a dedicated team of Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSAs) who are trained and tasked by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.


The CTSAs aim is to reduce the threat of terrorism by providing advice, working alongside partners and promoting awareness of how to keep safe.


Counter terrorism at ports

Our Special Branch Ports Unit contributes towards countering the terrorist threat by posting officers to airports and seaports.


The Terrorism Act 2000 enables officers to stop, question and search a person at a port or in a border control area to determine whether they are, or have been, involved in preparing, instigating or carrying out acts of terrorism.