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Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent officers who work alongside other organisations through a Home Office programme called Prevent to help people vulnerable to radicalisation move away from violent extremism. We are here to listen and offer help and advice. Receiving support is voluntary.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and tell us your concerns in confidence.

We can help if you act early. You won't be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

Counter Terrorism Branch

The Counter Terrorism Branch is what used to be Special Branch. The Counter Terrorism Branch tackles the terrorist threat within the County of Cumbria.

Officers and Staff within Cumbria CTB support Forces across the North West Region and nationally by providing specialist skills and expertise when faced with a terrorist threat.

Counter Terrorism Branch Ports Unit

The Cumbria Counter Terrorism Branch Ports Unit has a responsibility for providing effective Ports and Border Control within the Cumbria geographical area.

Although they are based at Hesham they are also responsible for covering our designated airport, Carlisle, as well as our non designated airports/airfields and the maritime traffic at all our ports:

  • Carlisle Airport, Cark Airfield, Walney Airfield, Kirkbride Airfield, Newby Grass Airstrip,
    Glassonby Grass Airstrip, Lingcroft Grass Airstrip
  • Port of Barrow, Port of Workington, Whitehaven Harbour and Marina, Maryport Harbour, Port of Silloth, Harrington Marina, Ravenglass, Millom Landing, Arnside Slip -

One of the responsibilities of the unit is to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, in particular Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The units primary role is to protect the national security of the United Kingdom and to counter the threat of international and domestic terrorism, espionage, proliferation, disruption and detection of organised crime syndicates involved in people trafficking, people exploitation, importation of drugs and weapons within the port environment.

The unit works closely with other key enforcement agencies, UKBA, HMRC and the North West Counter Terrorism Unit as well as Neighbourhood policing teams across Cumbria.