WECTU

The Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) is a collaboration of the four Welsh Police Forces.

WECTU will enable the Police Forces of Wales to:

  • Review and improve the current structures and resources.
  • Work smarter in our response to threat from National and International terrorism, as well as tackling extremism.
  • Work with our partners in communities to build confidence and trust to target and disrupt terrorists and extremists.

WECTU respond to the threats posed by international terrorism and domestic extremism and they are driven by the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy known as ‘CONTEST’.

You can find out more about the Counter Terrorism Strategy and download the strategy.

CONTEST is based around four principles known as the 'Four Ps': Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare.

  • Pursue terrorists wherever they are and stop terrorist attacks
  • Prevent people from becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism
  • Protect the UK by strengthening our defences against terrorism
  • Prepare to respond to an attack to lessen its impact

Forming part of WECTU, the Ports Policing Unit provides a permanent presence at our main port of Holyhead and is a key link in the national defence against terrorism. In addition, the Ports Policing Unit is also responsible for the policing of the many small airstrips and marinas across North Wales.

IF YOU NOTICE SUSPICIOUS BAGS, BEHAVIOUR OR VEHICLES WHICH POSE AN IMMINENT THREAT YOU SHOULD CALL 999 IMMEDIATELY

You can use the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline to report concerns about terrorist activity on 0800 789 321.
Alternatively you can call our non-emergency number: 101 (in Wales) or 0845 6071002 (from outside Wales)