Project Servator is a policing tactic that has been devised to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.
The approach uses unpredictable and highly-visible police deployments plus active engagement with community partners, businesses and the public to build a network of vigilance. The aim is to protect the communities of Merseyside along with those that work or visit here, whilst also making it a difficult place for criminals and terrorists to operate.
We’re doing all of this because we know that when it comes to safety and security - together, we’ve got it covered.
What we will do
Officers will arrive unannounced at various locations. These deployments could happen at any time, last for different amounts of time and involve varying numbers of officers.
Patrols are highly visible and involve uniformed and plain clothes officers who are specially trained to identify individuals who may have criminal intent. They are supported by other resources including dogs, horses, firearms officers, vehicle checkpoints and CCTV operators.
Our officers will talk to the public, local businesses and private security staff about Project Servator, reminding them to be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour. You may see this advice on display in a variety of places such as posters, digital billboards and leaflets.
If you see a Project Servator deployment, there's nothing to worry about - it's normal police activity. Officers 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.
What we need you to do
You have an important role to play in helping keep Merseyside safe by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right, for example an unattended item or someone acting suspiciously.
You’ll never get in trouble for reporting a genuine concern, and we’ll always take your report seriously.
Don’t leave it to someone else to report - speak to our officers directly, call 101 or direct message our social media desk @MerPolCC.