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Project Servator

Project Servator aims to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring police presence for the public.

Project Servator deployment in York

We are working with partners, including businesses and the public, to continue to protect York and North Yorkshire and everyone who lives or works here and make it a difficult place for criminals and terrorists to operate.

Project Servator has been successful in gathering intelligence that has assisted Counter Terrorism Units in investigating and preventing acts of terror. It has also resulted in arrests for a range of offences and is responsible for removing firearms, knives and drugs from the streets.

What we will do

Firearms officers on a Project Servator deployment

If a Project Servator deployment is happening where you are, there’s nothing to worry about. They are normal police deployments.

Our deployments are highly visible and unpredictable and can happen at any time, anywhere. They are made up of a range of police resources, uniformed officers, plain-clothed officers, armed police officers, police dogs, vehicle checkpoints, live-monitored CCTV, ANPR, drone support and cycle patrols. They also include officers who are specially-trained to spot the tell-tale signs that someone may be planning or preparing to commit a crime.

Officers will talk to the public and local businesses to let them know what they are doing and remind them to be vigilant, trust their instincts and report anything that doesn’t feel right. You may also see officers handing out leaflets explaining what Project Servator is, or posters on display.

Working with the community is a vital part of making it difficult for criminals to operate and keeping everyone safe and secure. If you have any questions please feel free to talk to our officers.

Our officers also work with partners, such as British Transport Police, the Royal Military Police, neighbouring police forces security staff and CCTV operators to carry out deployments. Together, we’ve got it covered.

What we need you to do

You have an important role to play by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right. Tell a police officer or member of staff immediately. Alternatively, you can call 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Vehicle checks near Clifford's Tower, York

Every year thousands of reports from the public help police tackle the terrorist threat. Trust your instincts and ACT by reporting anything unusual or out of place in confidence at gov.uk/ACT. Reporting won’t ruin lives, but it could save them. Action Counters Terrorism.

Working with the British Transport Police and the National Railway Museum

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