PREVENT forms one part of CONTEST which is the UK Government’s overarching strategy for countering terrorism. The Home Secretary has responsibility for CONTEST. The primary focus of CONTEST is countering international terrorism, not domestic related terrorism which is the principal threat in Northern Ireland.
The PSNI works closely with other security partners across the UK in relation to the threat from international terrorism within Northern Ireland. The Government will continue to support the PSNI and security partners as they respond to terrorist groups which seek to undermine peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland.