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Counter terrorism projects

These pages provide information and links to counter terrorism advice and on the role you can play in helping to defeat terrorism.

The safety of all our communities remains an absolute priority and our message to the public is to remain vigilant.

To report something suspicious please let us know by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

A Textphone facility for people who are deaf or who have hearing difficulties is available on 0800 0324 539. Remember to always dial 999 in an emergency.

The Anti-Terrorist Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  All calls and information are treated in the strictest of confidence. All information received by the Hotline is thoroughly investigated by specialist officers before any police action is considered.

Everyone has a role to play in fighting terrorism and the public are being encouraged to contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 if they see any activity or behaviour they think is suspicious.

Support after a major incident

After any major incident you may want to make enquiries about someone that you believe might have been involved. There are ways you can do this, including using a Police Casualty Bureau or helpline. Police Family Liaison Officers may also have a role after an incident. For further information please visit the Direct.gov major incident support pages.

Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit

We have a dedicated Counter-Terrorist Intelligence Unit (CTIU) which works alongside the rest of the force in protecting and reassuring the public, and reducing the risk from terrorism. The Unit engages with all communities, local authorities, higher education and universities, as well as many other local bodies, in order to prevent violent extremism. The Unit also offers specialist protective security advice to locations deemed to be at a greater risk from terrorism.

CTIU are involved in the disruption and detection of terrorist activity and has close links between local police and the communities they serve. CTIU work at airports and ports in conjunction with the UK Border Agency.

Airports, airfields and maritime

Sussex Police is working in partnership with Gatwick Airport on Project Griffin, a national counter-terrorism initiative. This initiative aims to protect our cities and communities from the threat of terrorism and crime and to improve communication links between Sussex Police, Gatwick Airport and the community.  We are recognised as the lead airport within the UK for Project Griffin.

Project Kraken is a national police maritime crime and counter-terrorism strategy linked to other police forces, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Serious And Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). It provides a reporting system which protects the UK coastline against terrorism, serious organised crime such as human and drugs trafficking and the theft of boats and equipment.

Project Pegasus is a national police crime and counter-terrorism strategy linked to other police forces, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and The Serious And Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). The project provides a reporting system which protects UK airspace against terrorism, serious organised crime such as human and drugs trafficking and the theft of aircraft and equipment.

Photography and filming

Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.

The power to stop and search someone under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 no longer exists.

Photography, filming and Section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Police officers continue to have the power to stop and search anyone who they reasonably suspect to be a terrorist under Section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The purpose of this search is to find out if the person holds anything which may be evidence that they are a terrorist, inlcuding digital images contained in mobile telephones or cameras. Officers also have the power to seize and retain any potential evidence found during the search, including any mobile telephone or camera.

Officers do not have the power to delete digital images or destroy film at any point during a search. Deletion or destruction may only take place following seizure if there is a lawful power (such as a court order) that permits such deletion or destruction.

Photography, filming and Section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000

Section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000 covers "the offence of eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of the armed forces, intelligence services or police where the information is, by its very nature, designed to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism."

Any officer making an arrest for an offence under Section 58A must be able to demonstrate a reasonable suspicion that the information was, by its very nature, designed to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism

It would ordinarily be unlawful to use section 58A to arrest people photographing police officers in the course of normal policing activities, including protests because there would not normally be grounds for suspecting that the photographs were being taken to provide assistance to a terrorist. An arrest would only be lawful if an arresting officer had a reasonable suspicion that the photographs were being taken in order to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

There is nothing preventing officers asking questions of an individual who appears to be taking photographs of someone who is or has been a member of Her Majesty's Forces (HMF), Intelligence Services or a constable so long as this is being done for a lawful purpose and is not being done in a way that prevents, dissuades or inhibits the individual from doing something which is not unlawful.