This is a national priority that the local authority and police must lead on with partners from other organisations. Although the threat of any extremist attack in County Durham is not as significant as in some areas of the country, attacks have taken place in similar areas and therefore all partners need to remain alert.
Why this is priority objective
CONTEST, the UK's Counter Terrorism strategy, aims to reduce the risk to the United Kingdom and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.
There is a clear structure in place that supports the delivery of the CONTEST Strategy which provides oversight of a multi-agency agenda and performance. Gold (Chief Executive), Silver (Strategic Delivery) and Bronze (Operational) multi-agency groups are in place and are represented by all key sectors that understand the risk of radicalisation and their obligation to ensure terrorist ideologies, and those that promote them, do not go uncontested. It will be important to maintain such a response in order to align with all elements of the national CONTEST strategy.
Our long term priorities are to:
- Implement the ‘CONTEST’ (national strategy)
- Challenge extremism and intolerance