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North Yorkshire Police is implementing Project Servator to deter and detect criminal and terrorist activity. Here we have tried to answer some questions you may have.

Why has North Yorkshire Police adopted these new tactics?
North Yorkshire Police is dedicated to protecting our communities. We continually adapt and change our tactics in order to deter criminals and those who threaten our safety and security. Our focus will always be on keeping people safe.

Is this being implemented in response to the Westminster attack?
No. This approach is not being taken in response to the tragic events in Westminster and has been in the planning stages since September 2016. We know that the new tactics will enhance how we protect our communities from a wide range of crime, including terrorism.

How else can I help or be involved?
We cannot stress enough how much you can help by telling your staff and customers about Project Servator. If we work together as a community, we’ve got security covered. Your support by displaying posters and by reporting any suspicious activity to us immediately is vital in helping us to keep the county safe for everyone to enjoy.

Who do I need to speak to if I suspect someone of carrying out hostile reconnaissance?
If you suspect it, don’t hesitate to report it. If you believe there is an immediate threat, please call 999. Otherwise, please call 101.

What should I tell my staff?
You should tell them that Project Servator:
• Is being run to help protect our communities and everyone who works, visits and lives there. This is not in response to an increase in the threat level or a potential attack
• Comprises of innovative, proven and effective methods to help deter and detect criminals
• Consists of highly visible operations that will occur regularly across the county, at any time
• Officers may visit during the operations to inform and reassure both customers and staff about what’s happening.

And that they:
• have an important role to play in helping inform and reassure customers
• Should report any suspicious activity immediately. If you believe there is an immediate threat, please call 999. Otherwise, please call 101.

What should I tell my customers?
You should tell them that Project Servator:
• Is being run to help protect our communities and everyone who works, visits and lives there. This is not in response to an increase in the threat level or a potential attack.
• Involves an increased number of co-ordinated police deployments. These deployments include a mix of visible and covert patrols which have been specially trained for their protection. These deployments can happen anywhere and at any time so people should not be alarmed if they see a sudden increase in police presence.
• If they want further information they should speak directly to an officer.
Information can also be found on the North Yorkshire Police website.
Will this affect my business? Will my customers be put off by the police presence?
We have carefully designed and tested the new tactics to reassure the public as well as deter and detect criminals. However, your help is key and you have a very important role to play, by helping us reassure customers and visitors directly.

Telling your staff and customers about what to expect will provide reassurance that these measures are for their safety and not as a result of an increase in threat. If you have any concerns regarding the project or would like to discuss it further, contact us on 101 or email general.enquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

You said these methods are effective in detecting criminals. What evidence do you have for this?
Various studies have been carried out in airports, train and coach stations in London with both police and civilian screening staff. In addition, these tactics have also been deployed in other areas of the UK, most notably during the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. Research shows that about
33% of stops lead to an outcome such as an arrest or caution. Traditionally, random stops only generate less than 5% positive outcomes.

What if I say no, I don’t want to assist?
We would like to be able to secure your support to us in protecting the community but there is no obligation to assist us.

How will I know when Project Servator is active in my area?
A very important aspect of the tactics is the unpredictability of size, type and location of the deployments. These will be decided by the duty officers on the day. As such we cannot inform you in advance when they will occur in your area. However, we will address any concerns or issues you may have as a result of a deployment.

Why should I support Project Servator? What’s in it for me?
You will be helping us to ensure a pleasant, safe and secure environment for everyone who lives, works or visits the county.