Project Servator – a policing tactic used to deter, detect and disrupt terrorism and a range of other criminality – will be operating across the entirety of London from Thursday 5 April 2018.
The tactic is already active in various parts of London, including in the Square Mile since 2014 and the Met Police launched two pilot teams in November 2016. The Met Police has now launched a number of additional teams, meaning the whole of London, including London City Airport and Heathrow Airport, will be covered.
Project Servator sees the deployment of both highly visible and covert police officers, supported by other resources such as dogs, horses, firearms officers, vehicle checkpoints, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and CCTV. The deployments can happen anywhere and at any time and include police officers specially-trained to spot the tell-tale signs of individuals who may have criminal intent.
The tactics used have been developed and tested by security experts at the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) in partnership with the City of London Police.