UK Security and CounterTerrorism: Preventing Extremism

The Challenge for London
Presentation to London Community Safety Partnership 12 February 2008
Stephen Rimmer Director, Prevent & RICU Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism Home Office 020 7035 4652

Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) 
Responsible for developing, coordinating and managing the implementation of the core UK Counter-Terrorism strategy, CONTEST (formerly Cabinet Office role). OSCT also responsible for the implementation of those parts of CONTEST for which Home Office is directly responsible. Cross-Government Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU) established within OSCT (reporting also to FCO and Dept for Communities and Local Government) CONTEST implementation remains a cross-Government activity with a wide range of stakeholders   

CONTEST What Do We Want To Achieve?

Reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from international terrorism

Immediate response

Stop terrorist attacks, and «


« where we cannot, mitigate their impact


Strengthen our protection against terrorist attacks
Improving our situation


Stop people becoming terrorists Build and maintain the key enabling capabilities for countering terrorism



Aim: To stop people becoming or supporting terrorists or violent extremists Objectives:      Undermine extremist ideology and support mainstream voices Disrupt those who promote violent extremism and strengthen vulnerable institutions in the UK Support individuals who are vulnerable to recruitment by violent extremists Increase the capacity of communities to engage with and resist violent extremists Effectively address grievances

Two cross-cutting workstreams:   Develop understanding, analysis and evaluation Strategic communications

Delivering the PREVENT strategy: Government 

OSCT currently drawing up a delivery plan for the Prime Minister  We can¶t deliver the strategy from Whitehall ± partners working together at local level are the key to effective delivery  Embedding work on Preventing Extremism at local level through PSA framework and especially LAAs and APACs  Better analysis and information needed for effective targeting of resources ± work underway to improve this e.g heatmaps  Generating significant increase in coherent activity for 2008/09  Effective communication and engagement website

Delivering the PREVENT strategy: local partnerships 

Home Secretary speech of 17 January Building on existing initiatives (neighbourhood policing; multi-agency partnerships) to deliver a robust and coherent response to the challenge we face Local Area Agreement National Indicator 35 Police Prevent Plan For local partnerships to work, regional support and national coherence (OSCT / CLG especially) is essential 


Delivering the PREVENT strategy: London 


What does the ³heat map´ suggest? What do the LAA negotiations suggest? Capacity and capability of key players, including MPS / Prisons / universities etc What is the framework´? London ³delivery  

What more can central Government do in support of your work?

What needs to happen next? 

Delivery Plan which sets out:

key workstreams and deliverables for 08/09 clarity around delivery landscape specificity in terms of programmes and their resourcing 

Sustained engagement with priority areas, including London Developing narrative on progress

Delivering the PREVENT strategy: key issues 


The cohesion


tackling violent extremism spectrum

Prioritising vulnerable areas Specifying what works in terms of interventions Clarifying what success looks like and how to assess it

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