Switzerland is proactive

Fighting terrorism poses huge challenges for our society. A complex problem requires a complex response, not just from the security services. Finding a solution to the problem requires a joint effort. Since 2014, the following federal and cantonal agencies have been working collaboratively in the TETRA Task Force, which is headed by fedpol:

  • Federal Intelligence Service (FIS)
  • Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG)
  • Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)
  • Swiss Border Guard (SBG)
  • State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)
  • Federal Office of Justice (FOJ)
  • Conference of Cantonal Police Commanders of Switzerland (CCPCS) and its affiliated National Police Command
    (FST P)

TETRA ‒ TErrorist TRAcking ‒ is an important instrument for implementing the Federal Council’s counter-terrorism strategy. TETRA’s objectives are:

… to prevent terrorism in Switzerland;
… to ensure that Switzerland neither supports nor exports terrorism;
… to assist its international partners in combating terrorism;
… to ensure Switzerland is a reliable and judicious international partner in the fight against terrorism, committed to the rule of law
… to ensure Switzerland does not fall victim to bribery by terrorists;
… to ensure the country can respond to a terrorist attack.

To fight terrorism effectively international police cooperation, especially via Europol, is essential. Switzerland has two police attachés and a liaison officer stationed at the Europol headquarters in The Hague. It is also a member of the European Union’s Counter Terrorist Group (CTG), supports the implementation of the 2006 UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the 2016 UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, and actively exchanges police information within Europe via the Schengen Information System (SIS).

The chain of intervention

Radicalisation, the chain of intervention

The path of a terrorist begins with their gradual radicalisation, continues through criminal proceedings, a conviction by the courts for a criminal act, imprisonment and release from prison, and finishes with their resocialisation, deportation or other measures. At every stage different services or agencies are responsible for intervention, and various instruments either already exist or are in the planning process.

Last modification 04.06.2020

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