The lead-in to all the priorities that
we will ‘work in partnership with our communities and relevant
agencies’ is of particular significance to this priority. The
community and partners have a key role in helping to protect Dorset
from organised criminals or identifying those who may be attracted
to terrorism or domestic extremism. Dealing with organised
criminality (much of which is drug-related in Dorset) and
preventing terrorism is a responsibility that extends far beyond
the Police Service.
What we will do
- We will seek to recover cash and
other assets from criminals, especially those who operate in
organised groups and let the public know when we do.
- Counter terrorism presentations will
be provided to all schools and colleges in Dorset where
- We will share information with
partners wherever possible so that they can effectively play their
part in protecting the community from these threats.
- We will provide the people of Dorset
with information about success in fighting organised crime,
terrorism or domestic extremism where it is appropriate to do
What results are we seeking
- Criminals will be deprived of their
assets where appropriate.
- Communities will be better informed
about the risk of terrorism and organised criminality and the part
they can play to minimise that risk.
- The risk posed by organised crime
groups in Dorset will be reduced where possible.
IN AN EMERGENCY
If you think you have seen a person
acting suspiciously, or if you see a vehicle, unattended package or
bag which might be a threat, immediately move away and call
If you think that
you may have seen something suspicious or you are unsure about
somebody’s activities or behaviour, however insignificant it may
seem at the time, call the Anti-Terrorist hotline on 0800
789 321. Calls are taken in confidence by specialist
officers who will analyse your information. They’ll decide if and
how to follow it up. Your call could be vital to us however unsure
you may be.
The terrorist threat remains real
and there is no room for complacency. The public should remain
alert and aware of their surrounding at all times. If something
strikes you as suspicious and out of place then trust your
instincts and call the police.
Terrorists have to live somewhere.
They store their equipment and materials somewhere. They need
vehicles. They have people who help them - and these people might
come and go at strange times of the day and night. They may make
unusual financial transactions or use false documents to hide their
real identities. They may be behaving differently to how you've
known them to behave in the past.
If you suspect it, report it. You
can also give non-urgent information that may assist police
investigations online through http://www.online.met.police.uk/.
- Van – Terrorists need transport. If you work
in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental made you
- Passport – Terrorists use multiple identities.
Do you know someone with documents in different names for no
- Mobile phone – Terrorists need communication.
Anonymous, pay-as-you-go and stolen mobiles are typical. Have you
seen someone with large quantities of mobile phones? Has it made
- Camera – Terrorists need information.
Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you
seen anyone taking pictures of security arrangements?
- Chemicals – Do you know someone buying large
or unusual quantities of chemicals for no obvious reason?
- Mask and goggles – Terrorists use protective
equipment. Handling chemicals is dangerous. Maybe you’ve seen
goggles or masks dumped somewhere.
- Credit card – Terrorists need funding. Cheque
and credit card fraud are ways terrorists generate cash. Have you
seen any suspicious transactions?
- Computer – Terrorists use computers. Do you
know someone who visits terrorist-related websites?
- Suitcase – Terrorists need to travel. Meetings
training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone
who travels but is vague about where they are going?
- Padlock – Terrorists need storage. Lock-ups,
garages and sheds can all be used by terrorists to store equipment.
Are you suspicious of anyone renting a commercial property?
Report terrorist material on the web
Dorset Police, Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole and
Dorset County Council are supporting the ACPO Counter
Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) based in London, as they
help to prevent terrorism and violent extremism online.
CTIRU was set
up in 2010 in order to make the internet a more hostile place for
terrorists. It aims to remove unlawful terrorist material content
from the internet, focusing particularly on UK based material. It also works with
international partners to remove material hosted abroad.
A dedicated webpage has been set up where
people can report online content that they think might be illegal,
or could cause offence.
referrals can be made directly to the CTIRU via a
totally anonymous referral system for members of the public.
The website encourages the public to take
action against material that incites any form of violent extremism
and terrorism by reporting unacceptable content to website
administrators or hosting companies as well as the CTIRU.
The Metropolitain Police has a
comprehensive list of frequently asked
questions which may help If you do not wish to speak to the
police direct or require further advice about the Anti-Terrorist