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Counter Terrorism

The terrorist threat in the UK remains real. The Government's long-term Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST) aims to reduce the risk from international terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. CONTEST is organised around four principal work streams:

  • Pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent: to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • Protect: to strengthen our protection against terrorist attack
  • Prepare: where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact


CONTEST and PREVENT in Wales are co-ordinated by the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU). WECTU aims to:

  • review and improve the current structures and resources;
  • work smarter in our response to threat from National and International terrorism, as well as tackling extremism;
  • work with our partners in communities to build confidence and trust to target and disrupt terrorists and extremists.

WECTU respond to the threats posed by international terrorism and domestic extremism, driven by CONTEST, and supported locally by Gwent Police.