Counter Terrorism Unit

Counter Terrorism Policing – West Midlands

Your skills could help protect the UK. With the ongoing terrorist threat, there has never been a more important time to be working alongside some of the best and brightest to help keep people safe.

A career in Counter Terrorism Policing (CT Policing) is like no other. With a range of roles available with Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands CTU, you won’t always need a background in security to play a part in keeping the UK safe. From finance to project management, data analysis to communications and more, we are always looking for a vast range of skills, knowledge and experiences to join our team.

Work with us and you will be joining a world-class Counter Terrorism Policing network. In addition to fascinating work and talented colleagues you’ll find a range of usual WMP benefits including a competitive pension, exciting career pathways, generous holiday allowances, as well as opportunities for secondments across the CT Policing network and much more.

CTP West Midlands CTU is always working to build upon our diverse workforce to reflect the communities we serve, so you’ll enjoy a varied and fulfilling working environment. An inclusive culture enables us to do things differently, working in ways that meet individuals’ needs, flexing working patterns to ensure work-life balance is healthy so that we deliver the best for the organisation. With a variety of training and development opportunities, you’ll find a range of exciting career pathways waiting for you.

You can play your part in keeping the country safe. Do something amazing with your skills. Join us today.


About the Network

Around the UK there are eleven regional counter terrorism units (CTUs) and intelligence units (CTIUs). These units collaborate daily to confront the threat from terrorism. They have officers and staff working in a range of specialist fields.

At the centre of the network sits the Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters (CTPHQ), which devises policy and strategy, coordinates national projects and programmes, and provides a single national Counter Terrorism Policing voice for key stakeholders including government, intelligence agencies and other partners.

The National CBRN Centre brings together the emergency services to protect and prepare the UK against the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat.

About Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands

Here at Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands, we work with police forces in the region (West Midlands Police, Staffordshire Police, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police) to protect the public and our national security by preventing, deterring and investigating terrorist activity.

The work we do to keep you safe can be divided into the focus areas below, which reflect the Government’s CONTEST (Counter Terrorism) strategy.

In each area we have a mix of police officers and police staff who all bring different skills and experiences to the many, many roles that make up our unit.


Police have a long history of working to prevent vulnerable people being drawn into criminal behaviour. The government-led, multi-agency Prevent programme aims to stop individuals becoming terrorists and police play a key role.

We work with local authority partners and community organisations to help find solutions and work to support and protect vulnerable people.

We like to think of Prevent as similar to any safeguarding role – the only difference is that our staff work to safeguard people from the risk of radicalisation.


By developing close relationships with the public and commercial organisations we work to protect our communities and infrastructure. Teams of Counter Terrorism Awareness and Security Officers work alongside colleagues from other emergency services, local authorities and businesses to help strengthen security and keep the public safe. This work is particularly important in crowded places such as shopping centres, sports and entertainment venues.

We regularly run awareness campaigns to ensure staff employed in these areas are informed about the threat and vigilant to suspicious behaviour.


If the worst happens, we want to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible. To help us prepare for attacks, we regularly test our methods by holding exercises.

We do this in partnership with other emergency services, local and national government departments and the military. This helps us understand the way each organisation works so we can come together for a major incident and act as one. Many exercises are held in public buildings to make them as realistic as possible.


Across our UK network we have specialist officers and staff dedicated to stopping those who seek to do us harm.

We work closely with MI5 and others to develop intelligence, and with the Crown Prosecution Service to put compelling evidence before the courts.

Whether investigating a highly sophisticated international plot, or a lone individual preparing an attack, our teams of professionals are ready to deploy a wide range of skills. This includes utilising expertise in surveillance, forensics, digital and financial investigations.

At any one time we can be handling hundreds of live investigations while reviewing thousands more individuals of interest.

Enabling Services – All of the work that goes on to keep the region safe could not be done without our Enabling Services. Made up of police staff members this includes departments such as Finance, HR, Facilities, IT and more.

With roles from cleaner and porter to Performance Analyst and everything in between. These guys are who keep the machine running. Skilled in an area you wouldn’t usually associate with Counter Terrorism? We bet you’d find a role with us in Enabling Services.

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Visit our vacancies page to see what roles are currently recruiting in our CTU.