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Counter-terrorism strategy
The aims of the counter-terrorism strategy
The key aim of the counter-terrorism strategy is to reduce the risk we face from international terrorism so that people can go about their business freely and safely.
Who is involved?
Many peoplecontribute to the government's counter-terrorism strategy. Our stakeholder in this effort include: 
* government departments
* emergency services
* voluntary organisations
* the business sector
* other governments across the world 
What is the strategy based on?
The strategy known within Government as 'CONTEST' is based on a policy that can be summed up in four words: Prevent, Pursue,Protect and Prepare.
This revised strategy is designed to ensure our work remains successful and keeps you and your family safe.
Follow the links below to learn more about what this policy means, and how it works:
* download the full CONTEST strategy document  
* watch a video about CONTEST (new window), or read a transcript (new window) of this video
* A leaflet about the CONTEST strategy,this leaflet also provides examples of supporting work
Members of the public can order paper copies of the full strategy or the leaflet:
* To buy a copy of the full strategy document, please contact The Stationery Office (new window) or by calling 0870 600 5522 and quoting the document code: CM7547
* To order the leaflet, please contact Prolog by email or by calling the ordering line on 0870241 2680 and quoting: CTTSTRATEGY.

Even if Terrorism is not new to the UK, being the immediate reference the domestic threat from dissident Irish republican groups, just after 2003 the UK designed a comprehensive strategy to counter terrorism, most specifically, internationalterrorism. In March 2009 it was published the first major revision of this strategy.

Since the London bombings in July 2005, it became evident the need for such a strategy. The current threat to the UK is severe, meaning an attack is highly likely and could happen at any time without warning.
The strategy involves all levels of society: from the government authorities, intelligence and emergencyservices, to businesses and community organisations, working in across the UK.

The strategy has four key elements:
* Pursue – terrorists and to stop terrorist attacks
* Prevent – to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism
* Protect – to strengthen defences against terrorist attack
* Prepare – where an attack cannot be stopped, to mitigate its impact. Respond anattack by lessen its impact.

These four areas of work complement and reinforce each other to reduce the terrorist threat to the UK and our overseas interests.
The strategy includes action at the international, national and local level.

The international problem we face needs international solutions: we work with partners across the globe to tackle problems at their source and improve our collectivesecurity. Our strategy is closely coordinated with our counterinsurgency work overseas, notably
in Afghanistan and Iraq, led by the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
(We have a parallel Olympic and Paralympic Safety and Security Strategy which will protect the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games so that they are safe, secure and resilient against all types of risksincluding terrorism.)
By 2011 the Government will spend £3.5 billion a year on counterterrorism and security measures in addition to the considerable sums invested by the private sector.

After a revision of the new challenges, and the lessons learnt after 2003, in 2009 the strategy was updated to take account of this changing threat.

Our revised strategy:
• Provides a context for this work by...
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