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"Project Servator" 23rd Nov 2017

British Transport Police
Chilling images of fake gun, hammer, 12-inch knife and black hood recovered in anti-terror op at Stratford station
Police have arrested eight people and recovered a fake gun, hammer, knife and black hood during an anti-terror operation in London. A number of agencies were involved in the raid at Stratford station in East London on Thursday
Working with @WMPolice in & around @NetworkRailBHM for the festive period to deter & detect criminality as part of #ProjectServator
Working with @WMPolice in & around @NetworkRailBHM for the festive period to deter & detect criminality as part of #ProjectServator....@BTP plain clothes officers spotted a suspicious vehicle. Persons decamped & this was taken off the streets http://btpne.ws/ProjServator...#NoExcuses
Counter-terror police make major swoop at Stratford station, sharing images of gun and knife seized on Twitter
A long bread knife, a hammer and an imitation gun were among weapons seized by counter-terror police in a major operation at Stratford station. Officers from several units swooped on Thursday evening on the transport hub, which has been closely monitored for months, arresting eight people. Images from the dramatic raid were posted to the Met Police Task Force and British Transport Police Twitter feeds.
Tackling the ever-growing terrorist threat
RTM talks to Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Alun Thomas, the lead for counter-terrorism at British Transport Police (BTP), about how the force is tackling the growing threat from terrorism. At BTP, the job is to keep the millions of people travelling
Police flood Cambridge rail station to target sex assaults, pickpockets and terrorism
Assistant Chief Constable Alun Thomas said: “The idea of Servator is to deter crime before it happens, but also to reassure people and let them know we’re there. “So although you might see lots of officers around at a station during a highly visible deployment, it’s important that people know they’re there to help. “Project Servator is proving a very effective, and a very popular way, for our specialist officers to get out and about on the rail network, making it a safer place for both the public and staff.
#ProjectServator training & deployments with @nuclearpolice & @sussex_police this week
#ProjectServator training & deployments with @nuclearpolice & @sussex_police this week @NetworkRailMAN #ManchesterVictoria #ManchesterOxfordRoad & Xmas markets. We’re working together with staff, CCTV & the public to keep everyone safe & secure http://btpne.ws/ProjServator
Extra officer @NetworkRailLST tonight? Nothing to worry about, it’s #ProjectServator
Extra officer @NetworkRailLST tonight? Nothing to worry about, it’s #ProjectServator making sure you get home safe tonight. We work 24/7 across the network to deter and detect all forms of criminality http://btpne.ws/ProjServator
Specials from across C Division receiving specialist #ProjectServator Counter Terrorism training today at #Leeds
Specials from across C Division receiving specialist #ProjectServator Counter Terrorism training today at #Leeds to equip them to support their full time colleagues keeping the network safe http://btpne.ws/ProjServator #Teamwork
City of London Police
Police "terror" operation stops vehicles just yards from London Bridge attack
Officers from City of London Police carried out examinations of vehicles and passengers at a check point on the northern side of the bridge where eight people were killed and 48 injured in the London Bridge attack on June 3. The operation was part of Project Servator which has been stepped in in response to the spate of terror attacks since the Westminster Bridge attack in March. The operation is focussing on bridges over the River Thames in the capital due to the risk of repeat attacks while the terror threat across the country remains severe.
Commuters welcome anti-terror crackdown as armed police descend on Vauxhall station
Commuters and local businesses have welcomed the anti-terror crackdown as armed police paraded Vauxhall station and the surrounding streets. The operation saw more than a dozen officers armed with guns and Tasers patrolling the busy transport hub at the tail end of the rush hour from 9.20am. Officers from Scotland Yard and City of London police also distributed leaflets while explaining Operation Servator to commuters.
City of London Police officers patrol area around London Stock Exchange as part of Project Servator
City police were out in full force at the London Stock Exchange yesterday, with dozens of uniformed police officers, many armed, patrolling Paternoster Square and the surrounding area. City A.M. understands that the beefed-up police presence was part of an ongoing practice known as Project Servator. The high-visibility policing tactics, first brought in by the City of London Police in 2014, are intended to “deter and detect criminal and terrorist activity, as well as to reassure the general public”.
Undercover police target hostile reconnaissance to thwart terror attacks
Undercover officers trained to spot people carrying out terrorist reconnaissance are being covertly deployed to boost efforts to thwart an atrocity on British soil. A pilot of the scheme detecting suspicious behaviours already claims to have deterred hostile reconnaissance, a precursor to terrorist planning for a potential attack which involves the collection of information so terrorists can maximise the effectiveness of their violent actions.
#ProjectServator deployments yesterday with 1 male arrested for non payment of fine.
#ProjectServator deployments yesterday with 1 male arrested for non payment of fine. Numerous deployments continuing around the City today.
City of London Police calls for Londoners to be its "extra eyes" in fighting crime in OOH campaign
The City of London Police has engaged Kinetic Worldwide to launch a city-wide poster and print campaign aimed at encouraging Londoners to be its "extra eyes and ears" when tackling crime in the city. The campaign is expected to reach around 60 per cent ...and more »
Project Servator
London commuters stepping off their trains at Liverpool Street as the November print issue of Professional Security magazine was going to press were met by a police presence and a giant screen telling them that their next arrest would be along in four minutes. This marked the next phase of Project Servator in the City of London.
Anti terror police swoop on illegal immigrants as 'hostile reconnaissance' team hit London
Officers in London handed over two illegal immigrants to Border Force this week amid the anti terror clampdown. The officers, deployed to Project Servator, which means watching in Latin, are out in force on the capital's streets amid threats from ISIS and other terror groups. The City of London police set up the 'hostile reconnaissance' anti terror team to patrol streets in 2014. And the officers have been so successful in their missions the British Transport Police and Essex police are rolling out the concept.
London terrorism survey
The deployments may use ‘Behavioral Detection Officers’, as well as other specialist teams, to spot suspicious activity. The operation has already led to a total of 98 arrests and 31 cars seized since the launch in February. The survey also showed a gender bias with 76 per cent of women concerned about terrorist attacks compared to only 59 per cent of men. The Servator tactics, developed and trialed by the City of London Police as part of a three-year research, were adopted by Police Scotland for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, as featured in Professional Security from August to November.
Survey finds Londoners ready to tackle the terrorist threat
The City of London Police continues to pioneer a new and innovative approach to deter terrorism and detect crime through Project Servator. This involves joint deployments with the British Transport Police (BTP) as well as private sector security officers from hundreds of businesses to ensure a ‘Ring of Steel’ around The Square Mile.
#ProjectServator at #StPaulsCathedral
#ProjectServator at #StPaulsCathedral and #PaternosterSquare
Police use new tactic to fight terror threat in City of London
This, it turns out, was an unwitting example of Project Servator at work — a new tactic to make life difficult for terrorists doing their homework, or “hostile reconnaissance” as the police describe it. It involves using undercover officers trained in behavioural analysis to spot people who might be scoping out sites for a potential terrorist attack. Their expertise is in noticing the subtle, sometimes unconscious ways in which people behave differently when they are stressed or anxious. They are stationed in a certain area just before the appearance of other officers in hi-vis uniforms and sometimes those on horses, with dogs or heavily armed.
Driver held after cocaine worth £5000 found hidden in socks under car steering wheel
A motorist was arrested after a stash of cocaine worth £5,000 was found hidden inside socks under his car steering wheel. The man, who was driving a Ford Focus, was held by police in London Bridge on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class ...
Civil Nuclear Police
New project tackles potential terror threats at Sellafield
"The national threat level is severe which means an attack is highly likely, there's no specific threat to this site or indeed the rest of the county but people have to be vigilant when going about their daily business and obviously the CNC is here protecting the site which is a great reassurance to the public," said Chief Inspector Tony Cole, Civil Nuclear Constabulary
New measures to protect Sellafield
New tactics are being used to protect Sellafield from a terrorist attack. And they are measures that police hope will make it more difficult for would-be attackers to target the sprawling nuclear complex. A renewed appeal has been launched for people to report anything suspicious surrounding the site
Two hot sunny days in Cumbria
Two hot sunny days in Cumbria and one of our #ProjectServator officers still managed to find some mud #slippy
CNC launches Project Servator - Trust your Instincts
Project Servator will see highly visible yet unpredictable deployments of specially trained officers around the Sellafield site and the surrounding local community. The operational deployments involve officers working together with our communities to report suspicious activity. These officers are deployed to deter, help detect, and provide reassurance and confidence to members of the public.
Plea from police for help from public to protect Sellafield from terrorists
Counter-terrorism police officers on the Sellafield site are appealing to the public to report anything suspicious. A new campaign - Project Servator - launched by the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) will see an unpredictable police presence around the nuclear plant. This is designed to make it difficult for potential terrorists to plan their attack. Officers insist there is no direct threat to Sellafield but urge the public to be vigilant as nationally the threat remains severe.
Essex Police
Police make 43 arrests and evict 133 people from V Festival
Carl O’Malley, assistant chief constable, said: "This year we introduced Project Servator to the event and I’m really pleased with the overall success of the policing operation. "The innovative tactics made the festival an uncomfortable environment for criminals to operate in and it’s something we’ll definitely adopt next year. "This was the second year where a public space protection order was enforced to combat anti-social behaviour and use of psychoactive substances.
Essex Police see Project Servator launched at Stansted Airport
Beginning Monday, November 7 Essex Police will be deploying specialist assets at Stansted airport as part of Project Servator. It will see highly-visible yet unpredictable police deployments designed to deter, disrupt and detect criminal activity – from shoplifting and pickpocketing to more serious crime including terrorism. Superintendent Adrian Coombs Police Airport Commander said: “The safety and security of Stansted Airport is a priority for our force, and we are pleased to be implementing Project Servator here"
From armed officers to hi-vis patrols + partnership working, we use a range of measures to keep you safe
From armed officers to hi-vis patrols + partnership working, we use a range of measures to keep you safe at @intuLakeside #ProjectServator
Four arrests by tactical police operation in Thurrock
Four people were arrested, drugs and a vehicle seized by officers from the Operational Support Group on Saturday, November 11. The officers were on their way to carry out Project Servator deployments when the arrests were made. A 20-year-old man was arrested and cautioned for possession of Class A drugs after officers stopped the car in which he was travelling on the A13, near the M25 junction, just before 3:30pm. Three people were arrested on suspicion of theft after officers stopped a car at Moto Services, Thurrock at 4:00pm.
Project Servator launched in Colchester to deter criminal and terrorist activity
Highly visible police patrols are set to be carried out to deter criminal and terrorist activity. National operation Project Servator starts in Colchester today. It will see deployments of officers undertaken at unpredictable times to create maximum impact. Among the techniques used by officers - who will be both uniformed and plain clothed - will include Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology, police dogs and armed officers.
New police dogs and handlers PC Mark Webster and PC Hayley Peek and Buddy and Holly, start work at Stansted
“PC Mark Webster and PC Hayley Peek and police dogs, Buddy and Holly, bring a specialist and a unique set of skills to the airport to help identify criminals and disrupt criminal groups. “Our Project Servator deployments at the airport involve a wide range of innovative tactics to help deter, disrupt and detect criminal activity. Our new additions will help build upon these tactics and bring reassurance to the thousands of people who leave and arrive at Stansted Airport every day.”
Merseyside Police
This weekend will see police try a new way to disrupt 'everything from pickpocketing to terrorism'
With thousands of visitors expected in Liverpool over the weekend for Armed Forces Day and the River Festival, a new style of “unpredictable policing” will be used to disrupt everything from pick-pocketing to terrorism in crowded places. The tactic, known as Project Servator, has already been used in other parts of the country and police say it is not in response to a specific threat or the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
How police ring of steel kept our heroes safe on Armed Forces Day "Unpredictable policing" method used to keep forces, VIPs and public safe
The force used a new tactic of “unpredictable policing” for the weekend’s events, which included a visit from the prime minister and HRH The Earl of Wessex, representing the Queen. But visible armed officers were only one part of the response - called Project Servator - with dogs, automatic number plate recognition, CCTV and covert officers also deployed. Several policemen could be looking down from the top of the Liver Building through binoculars as crowds came out for the ceremony by the moored HMS Iron Duke.
Metropolitan Police
Today #ProjectServator has launched @HeathrowAirport
Today #ProjectServator has launched @HeathrowAirport. Our #policedogs were at hand to help keep you safe! If you see our officers about, please feel welcome to speak to them. #heathrowairport #thequeensterminal
Counter-terror police make major swoop at Stratford station, sharing images of gun and knife seized on Twitter
A long bread knife, a hammer and an imitation gun were among weapons seized by counter-terror police in a major operation at Stratford station. Officers from several units swooped on Thursday evening on the transport hub, which has been closely monitored for months, arresting eight people. Project Servator is a counter-terrorism operation running since February 2014.
Chilling images of fake gun, hammer, 12-inch knife and black hood recovered in anti-terror op at Stratford station
Police have arrested eight people and recovered a fake gun, hammer, knife and black hood during an anti-terror operation in London. A number of agencies were involved in the raid at Stratford station in East London on Thursday. A tweet indicated the operation was part of Project Servator which is led by the British Transport Police. BTP says Servator is "designed to deter, detect and disrupt a range of criminal activity, from pickpocketing and theft to terrorism."
What is Operation Temperer? What you need to know about the UK's Critical terror threat level and what happens next
Another police operation under way is Project Servator. Uniformed and undercover officers will be on the look out for people carrying out "hostile reconnaissance" and other criminal activity on the capital's streets. Scotland Yard said the tactic "is based on extensive research into the psychology of criminals and what undermines their activities”. There will also be an increase in the use of stop and search, vehicle check points and number plate recognition technology.
Operation Temperer: Theresa May is first PM to deploy up to 5000 soldiers on streets
Scotland Yard said there would be a surge in police numbers and operations with immediate effect. Extra armed officers will provide support for an operation called Project Servator which sees uniformed and undercover officers trying to spot people carrying out ‘hostile reconnaissance’ and other criminal activity on the capital’s streets. The tactic ‘is based on extensive research into the psychology of criminals and what undermines their activities’, the force said.
Britain on lockdown: Army deploys 1000 heavily armed soldiers to guard London, Parliament is closed to the public
Speaking of the decision to bring in troops, Met Police Commander Jane Connors said: 'We will do all we can to protect the capital that we serve at this unsettling time. All our work is designed to make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate.' Extra armed officers will provide support for an operation called Project Servator which sees uniformed and undercover officers trying to spot people carrying out 'hostile reconnaissance' and other criminal activity on the capital's streets.
Anti-terror police units deployed on London's streets
Anti-terrorism police patrol units are hitting the streets of London in an attempt to spot people carrying out "hostile reconnaissance" and other criminal activity. Operation Servator, as it is known, is a tactic of policing already used by other forces including City of London and British Transport Police. It "is based on extensive research into the psychology of criminals and what undermines their activities", the Metropolitan Police said. Other units will also be available, including the dogs and boat units and the territorial support unit riot police.
New Anti-Terror Police on Mission to Keep London Safe
Both visible and covert cops are to be deployed in parts of London to disrupt any potential terrorist related activity, Scotland Yard has announced. According to London's Metropolitan police service, its new operation is based on "extensive research into the psychology of criminals and what undermines their activities." The tactic is known as Project Servator has been developed over the past five years by experts at the Center for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and is already used by the London's City Police and British Transport Police in their attempts to disrupt terrorist activity.
Armed counter-terrorism police numbers boosted across London
More overt and undercover counter-terrorism police will be patrolling London’s streets in the near future in order to spot those carrying out ‘hostile surveillance’ in preparation for crimes or acts of terrorism, the Metropolitan Police Service has announced. The tactic, dubbed ‘Operation Servator,’ is already used by the British Transport Police and the City of London Police. The Met claims the shift is based “on extensive research into the psychology of criminals and what undermines their activities.”
Soldiers to guard sensitive sites, including Scotland's nuclear power stations, as police hunt for Abedi's "network"
Scotland Yard explained how extra armed officers would also provide support for an operation called Project Servator in which uniformed and undercover police attempt to spot people carrying out "hostile reconnaissance" and other criminal activity. The enhanced security plan means soldiers could be deployed to support police at major events such as the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday or the Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3.
MOD Police
MoD police launches Twitter account in bid for public and stakeholder engagement
The launch of the MDP Twitter account represents a "progressive step in enhancing the digital footprint of the force," according to assistant chief constable Paul McLaughlin. He added that it will play "an essential and vital role" in supporting Project Servator. This is a high-profile policing approach where officers encourage the public to report suspicious activity to deter crime. They added: "We feel that raising public awareness of what the MDP does will help to reassure the general public, and will also encourage people to report any suspicious activity they may witness in the vicinity of the sites where MDP officers are deployed."
Police 'terror' operation stops vehicles just yards from London Bridge attack
Officers from City of London Police carried out examinations of vehicles and passengers at a check point on the northern side of the bridge where eight people were killed and 48 injured in the London Bridge attack on June 3. The operation was part of Project Servator which has been stepped in in response to the spate of terror attacks since the Westminster Bridge attack in March. The operation is focussing on bridges over the River Thames in the capital due to the risk of repeat attacks while the terror threat across the country remains severe.
MoD to step up anti-terrorism patrols outside Portsmouth Naval Base
The MoD is to deploy officers outside the base perimeter as part of ‘Project Servator’ - a new nationwide approach to detect crime and deter terrorism. Deployments will be unannounced and take place at different locations at various times of day. But the MoD says the action is not a response to a ‘specific threat’ and the operation is being used to deter, detect and disrupt any hostile activity intended to ‘threaten the security of the base and wider community.’
Armed MoD police begin patrolling "civilian Scotland"
Armed Ministry of Defence police are to begin patrolling in civilian areas of Scotland, the Sunday Herald can reveal. MoD police based at Faslane and Coulport are to expand their operations into civilian areas outside the nuclear bases on the Clyde
North Yorkshire Police
VIDEO - North Yorkshire Police release Project Servator video
North Yorkshire Police has today released a film to mark the 50th deployment of Project Servator since its launch. The 4 and a half minute film shows how the project, which launched in North Yorkshire in April 2017, deploys teams of both highly visible and covert police officers to deny, detect and deter criminal and terrorist activity in crowded places.
Police out in force in North Yorkshire town for "unpredictable policing" scheme
Extra uniformed and undercover officers were out on the streets of a North Yorkshire town today in the latest stage of an “unpredictable policing” project to make life difficult for criminals. They patrolled key areas of Catterick, home to Europe’s largest military base, including Princes Gate, Richmondshire Walk and the Munster Barracks as part of the recently-launched Project Servator.
Police prepare for Tour de Yorkshire
"From a policing point of view, a dedicated team of officers from the four Yorkshire forces have been working hard behind the scenes for months to co-ordinate the police operation. The riders will again be escorted around the region by the ever-popular specialist police motorcyclists using rolling road closures." Supt Thomson said this year's event would see more emphasis on crowd safety and crime prevention, with Project Servator underway
REACTION: Your thoughts on "unpredictable policing" in York
Project Servator launched in the city centre on Tuesday, and saw armed police, dog handlers and mounted officers on the streets, while a police helicopter hovered above the city. The idea is to mix high-visibility and undercover deployments to deter criminals in York at all levels. In a survey within the story at thepress.co.uk, which was completed by 660 people, an overwhelming majority thought Project Servator was a good idea - 81 per cent - compared with 19 per cent who did not.
North Yorkshire Police launch Project Servator to target criminals ranging from pickpockets to terrorists
An innovative police scheme that deploys teams of officers to deter, detect and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity in crowded places is being launched within York on 11 April 2017. Project Servator sees the deployment of both highly visible and covert police officers and staff alongside other resources such as dogs, firearms, ANPR and CCTV cameras in busy town and centres and at large events.
Mum reveals the horrifying moment she thought her baby was dead after police horse kicked out and split pram in two
A mum feared her baby was dead after a spooked police horse kicked out and split the seven-month-old’s pushchair in two. Incredibly, Eden Stockton-Wilde, was unharmed despite being trapped in the mangled pushchair. A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said that it appeared “that something may have distracted the horse” leading to the incident. Four mounted officers were in the city for the launch of Project Servator, a police scheme that deploys teams of specially-trained officers to deter,detect and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity in crowded places.
Seven-month-old baby injured after police horse knocks her out of pram
A seven-month old baby has received hospital treatment after a police horse bolted and knocked her out of a pram. “Eden was thrown into the air and the pram was smashed in half. She was taken to York Hospital and received treatment but was very lucky to escape with just cuts and bruises. The horse was attending the launch of Project Servator - a police scheme to deter, detect and disrupt criminal activity in crowded places.
REACTION: Readers responses to baby"s pram trampled by police horse in York
Little Eden Stockton-Wilde saw her pram smashed in two by a panicked police horse. Fortunately she was unhurt. The police bought a new pram to replace the pram crushed by horse.
Campaign to disrupt criminals and deter terrorists brings police out in force
Officers patrolled the streets on horseback and with dogs, watched from on high and at street level, as a major new anti-crime initiative got underway. Known as Project Servator, it is an innovative police scheme that deploys teams of officers to deter, detect and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity in crowded places. It sees the deployment of both highly visible and covert police officers and staff alongside other resources such as dogs, firearms, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) and CCTV cameras in busy centres and at large events.
Police Scotland
Project Servator lined up for Fringe Festival
Police Scotland will be fully utilising Project Servator in the lead up to and during the course of the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festival 2017. Project Servator is an innovative and collaborative community approach which aims to protect the local areas and build upon the safety and security plans already in place to ensure a safe and secure International Festival. Project Servator will see highly visible yet unpredictable deployments of specially trained officers around the clock to keep people safe
Glasgow 2014: Police Scotland step up security operation
Last month Police Scotland announced Project Servator - policing tactics designed to deter, detect and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity ahead of the Commonwealth Games. This operation sees "highly visible yet unpredictable" deployments of specially trained officers around the clock to keep people safe - at venues, on the transport network and on the streets themselves in the run up to, and during the Commonwealth Games. It involves mounted police, dog units and the force helicopter.
High profile police operation in Glasgow to tackle crime ahead of Games
Mounted police, dog units and the force helicopter will are to descend on Glasgow as part of a new tactic to tackle crime at the Commonwealth Games. The new Police Scotland tactic, Project Servator, will be operating in the city's George Square on Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm. This will see uniformed officers deployed and supported by officers from Community Safety Glasgow. Mounted police, dog handlers, plain clothed officers and air support will also be in operation. A statement from police said: "Project Servator is a new tactic and part of Police Scotland’s strategy to deliver a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.