South East Counter Terrorism Unit
The South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) is part of the national Counter Terrorism Network leading the police response to international terrorism and domestic extremism.
Formed in April 2009, SECTU covers the police force areas of Thames Valley, Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent. The unit is led by Thames Valley Police and has its central base in Berkshire.
The overarching aim of the unit is to create a coordinated regional response to terrorism, providing specialist support and expertise in counter terrorism to police forces in the South East region and to support the national counter terrorism network when required.
SECTU addresses the four elements, Protect, Prepare, Prevent and Pursue which form the Government’s strategy in response to terrorism known as CONTEST.
As well as investigating terrorism and domestic extremism and bringing offenders to justice, SECTU works towards preventing terrorism and preparing and training police forces to make them more resilient. The unit also helps to reduce the risks to crowded places and businesses in the South East and strengthen border security.
There are similar regional units in The North East, North West, and West Midlands. Together with the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, these units carry out essential work to make communities safer.