Terrorism is a recognised threat throughout the UK and although Derby may not seem to be as much at risk as other larger cities, it is not an area that is overlooked.
Derbyshire Constabulary and our partners have an integral role to play working with local communities to support people who are vulnerable to being drawn into criminal activity. This could be in relation to drugs, knife crime, guns and gangs or involvement in violent extremism.
Alongside this and other work though, you too can help.
Always report suspicious activity. While it's important that we all go about our daily business normally, it's also sensible to remain alert to danger and to report any suspicious activity you see or hear.
What you know can help. If you know of a threat to national security or you want to report suspicious activity, there are several ways to reach us:
- In an emergency call 999
- Call the police counter-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321
- You can remain anonymous, and you may save lives.
- Report terrorism online via: www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
Some people use the Internet to spread hate and violent extremism. They chat with their supporters, share their beliefs and hope to gain new followers online. Find out what is illegal in the UK, and how you can report it at the Direct.gov website.
The strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism is known as 'Prevent' and forms just one strand of CONTEST, the Government's national counter terrorism strategy.
Read more about CONTEST and Prevent.
Advise about travelling to Syria
The National Police Counter Terrorism Network and partners have rolled out the next phase of an awareness-raising campaign designed to reach out to families to help prevent young people travelling to Syria.
The campaign will involve radio and press adverts appearing in minority ethnic media across the country.
This phase looks at the problems that young women face should they travel to the country. It's not just young men who are travelling to Syria. Several young women are now known to have left home for the conflict, leaving their devastated families in a state of fear.
We know that the strong bond between a mother and daughter can have a powerful influence on a young woman. You can talk to your daughter about her feelings. You could see changes in behaviour, or signs she may be about to travel to a conflict that millions are desperate to escape.
You can reach specially trained people for help and advice by calling 101.
The two PDF documents attached to this page give more information on the risks and potential dangers of travelling to Syria. The Travel Warning Booklet is a booklet devised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which advises against all travel to Syria.
It details the risks that face you should you travel, how the UK government is assisting with the turmoil, how you can help the Syrian people from within the UK, and information on aid convoys.
The second document, Working with Mothers to Prevent Tragedies, is a more in depth look at the dangers faced by women travelling to Syria, and the harsh treatment they could receive under the current regime.
Please familiarise yourself with the advice if you feel it applies to your situation.
The 101 number is available to you if you have any concerns, and call 999 in an emergency. Also, the button to the right points to a reporting mechanism that is hosted by www.gov.uk.
Places of Worship
The police have been working with church leaders here in the UK to establish a communication network through which reassurance and guidance to the Christian community can be passed.
Church leaders and their congregations here in the UK should remain alert not alarmed. There is no current intelligence to suggest any impending attacks of this nature in this country. However we know these are troubling times and it makes sense for all church leaders to review their security plans and to encourage their flock to be vigilant. Any suspicious behaviour should be reported immediately through 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.
For further information please see the Places of Worship attachment.
Derbyshire Constabulary's Prevent Team works in partnership with local communities to support the vulnerable, promote confidence and to prevent violent extremism.
Their activities include multi-agency partnership work to safeguard individuals
vulnerable to radicalisation, extremism or terrorism. The team engages with
communities - in particular with youth and women’s groups - to reduce
vulnerability and increase resilience to extremism.
Read more about the Prevent Team's activities and how you can get in touch.
Counter Terrorism Security Advisors
Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSAs), provide protective security advice and guidance to an extensive range of businesses and individuals across our county.
Find out how the CTSAs can help your business, and get in touch with the team.