Who sets the threat levels?
The UK security services (MI5) assess the UK threat level to give a broad indication of the likelihood of an attack. The level for international terrorism is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre.
Threat levels don’t have an expiry date. They can change at any time as different information becomes available to security agents.
The Government has produced a national Counter Terrorism Strategy (known as CONTEST). There are four major intervention strands to this national strategy. These are:
- Prepare – being ready to deal with the consequences;
- Protect – reducing our vulnerability;
- Prevent – tackling radicalism
- Pursue – disrupt terrorists and their operations.
You can check the current UK threat level on the MI5 website.
Birmingham City Council supports this strategy and is undertaking a number of specific community and partnership projects that meet the strategy’s objectives.