UK Counter Terrorism Policing


Counter Terrorism Policing is a collaboration of UK police forces working with the UK intelligence community to help protect the public and our national security by preventing, deterring and investigating terrorist activity.

Police have a long history of working to prevent vulnerable people being drawn into criminal behaviour. The government-led, multi-agency Prevent programme aims to stop individuals becoming terrorists and police play a key role.

We work with local authority partners and community organisations to help find solutions and work to support and protect vulnerable people.

Following assessment, many referrals to Prevent do not result in any further police action. In some cases, other organisations such as health, housing or education step in to provide support.

By developing close relationships with the public and commercial organisations we work to protect our communities and infrastructure. Teams of Counter Terrorism Awareness and Security Officers work alongside colleagues from other emergency services, local authorities and businesses to help strengthen security and keep the public safe.

This work is particularly important in crowded places such as shopping centres, sports and entertainment venues.

We regularly run awareness campaigns to ensure staff employed in these areas are informed about the threat and vigilant to suspicious behaviour.

You may see police officers deployed in strength throughout a specific area. This is national policing tactic known as Project Servator which aims to disrupt and deter crime – while offering reassurance to the public. These deployments can happen at any time of the day and in any location across the UK.

Counter Terrorism Policing also has officers based overseas to help protect the UK’s interests and citizens travelling or working abroad. This might include border security measures or liaising with local law enforcement to share vital intelligence.

Across our UK network we have specialist officers and staff dedicated to stopping those who seek to do us harm.

We work closely with MI5 and others to develop intelligence, and with the Crown Prosecution Service to put compelling evidence before the courts.

Whether investigating a highly sophisticated international plot, or a lone individual preparing an attack, our teams of professionals are ready to deploy a wide range of skills. This includes utilising expertise in surveillance, forensics, digital and financial investigations.

At any one time we can be handling hundreds of live investigations while reviewing thousands more individuals of interest.

Around the UK there are eleven regional counter terrorism units (CTUs) and intelligence units (CTIUs). These units collaborate daily to confront the threat from terrorism. They have officers and staff working in a range of specialist fields such as investigations, forensics, digital exploitation, financial inquiries, community liaison and communications.

At the centre of the network sits the Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters (CTPHQ), which devises policy and strategy, coordinates national projects and programmes, and provides a single national Counter Terrorism Policing voice for key stakeholders including government, intelligence agencies and other partners.

Alongside the headquarters is the National Operations Centre, a central command made up of units that provide operational support to the national network.

Come and work with us
Below you will see a selection of roles that are a typical vacancies on our website, many of these roles have closing dates in January 2020 but new roles and closing dates are uploaded regularly. 

If you wish to apply for any of the vacancies you will need to visit our website 

Then click on the vacancy that you are interested in applying for which will direct you to the specific Police forces website for that vacancy. 

Location: Birmingham

Applications are invited from motivated, dynamic and suitably qualified individual to perform a National Prevent Training Manager role within the National Counter Terrorism Policing (NCTP) Operational Development Unit (ODU) located in West Midlands. The National Training Manager will work as part of the National Training & Development (T&D) Team to, in accordance with the National…

Location: Manchester

In this role you will be required to assist in the investigation of terrorism and crime related offences. You will view and assess data in various forms, including media, CCTV and communications data. You will report on findings to the investigating officer, as well as keeping computer systems updated. You will interpret searching and viewing…

Location: Birmingham

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and contribute to our policing capability to support the fight against terrorism regionally and nationally.  The role is as a member of the Forensic Management Team and you must be experienced in investigating scenes and property to exploit forensic opportunities. Securing, recording…

Location: Birmingham

You will be responsible and accountable for the operational and tactical management of intelligence across the West Midlands Region. This relates to national security, terrorism, right and left-wing terrorism (domestic extremism) and hostile state actors; intelligence support to priority investigations, utilising appropriate intelligence gathering resources, working with a range of partnership agencies and the covert…

Location: Exeter

Are you interested in supporting crime prevention? This post will provide delivery of Channel and Prevent Case Management (PCM) communications products across forces and support partnership engagement. You will champion force coordination for the delivery of all Channel activity, you will also establish, maintain and attend multi-agency panels as needed. As part of the role…

Location: Thames Valley

Counter Terrorism Border Policing (CTBP) officers are at the front line of protecting national security from the threats posed by Terrorism and Serious & Organised Crime at the borders and ports of Surrey and Sussex. On occasion officers are also deployed to support our colleagues across the CTP SE region. Ports officers are tasked to…

Location: Thames Valley

In this exciting role you will coordinate comprehensive and confidential financial, administrative and systems support to a discrete function within Counter Terrorism Policing (CT) in the South East. You will undertake research on national and force systems to provide information. You will manage services within the Regional Hub to ensure compliance with administration and recording…

Location: London

This role demands an in-depth practical experience of Business Analysis working to deliver the requirements of a large and complex business area as well as having an awareness of the unique demands / specific challenges of working within secure domains. The role holder must be eligible for DV (STRAP) vetting clearance but be SC (STRAP)…


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