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Project Servator

What is Project Servator?

Project Servator is the name given to unpredictable, highly visible police deployments, designed to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism.

The tactics are designed to identify and disrupt hostile reconnaissance – the information gathering a criminal does when planning to commit a criminal act, including terrorist attacks. 

They involve officers, both uniformed and plain clothed, who are specially trained to spot the tell-tale signs that an individual may have criminal intent. They are supported by other resources, such as police dogs ​armed officers, CCTV operators, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and vehicle checkpoints. 

The approach relies on police working with the community – businesses, partners and members of the public – to build a network of vigilance and encourage suspicious activity to be reported.
 
Project Servator has been successful in gathering intelligence that has assisted Counter Terrorism Units across the UK in investigating and preventing acts of terror. It has resulted in many arrests for a multitude of offences and is responsible for removing firearms, knives and drugs from the streets.
 
How does it work?

We will turn up unannounced at various locations to carry out deployments. They will be unpredictable, so they could happen at any time, last for different amounts of time and involve varying numbers of officers and assets.

Should I be concerned if I see a Project Servator deployment happening?

No – our officers are there to keep you safe. You may also see or meet officers who will be happy to explain what we are doing and answer any questions you have. Feel free to talk to them if you want to find out more.

Working together

Businesses, security teams, and retailers have a vital role to play too. We rely on their support and vigilance to ensure our tactics in the fight against crime are successful. We have a training initiative for security staff in the City to help protect the public by ensuring they know how to spot suspicious activity, and how to report it.

How you can help

You can play a vital role by being vigilant when you are out and about and reporting anything that doesn’t feel right. You’ll never get in trouble for reporting a genuine concern, and we’ll always take your report seriously – whether it’s an unattended item or someone acting suspiciously. Don’t leave it to someone else to report it.

  • Tell a police officer or member of security or retail staff
  • Call 101 (police non-emergency number)
  • Text 61016 (on a train, tube, or at a train station)
  • In an emergency, always call 999

Find out more

Visit our frequently asked questions section to find out more

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