Norfolk Police launch Project Servator in NorwichProject Servator – a policing tactic used to disrupt a range of criminality – will be launched at Chapelfield in Norwich today, Tuesday 17 December.
The approach, which sees police, businesses, community partners and the public working together, is already in use in various parts of the UK, including across the whole of London after it was pioneered by the City of London Police in 2014.
Project Servator sees the deployment of both highly visible and plain clothed police officers, supported by other resources such as dogs, 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 be planning or preparing to commit a crime.
A big part of Project Servator focuses on the engagement between officers and members of the public who will work together to act as an extra set of eyes and ears to any suspicious activity or behaviour
The tactics 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.
Norfolk Police have been trialling the tactic since 24 September and have since carried out over 50 deployments, engaged with over 1,000 members of the public and have made arrests for various offences. This includes fraud, shoplifting, possession with the Intent to supply drugs and possession of a bladed article. The success rate of stop searches are nearly three times higher than the national average.
Together with a variety of public sector partners including INTU Chapelfield, Norwich City Council and the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) Project Servator officers will carry out deployments in various locations in Chapelfield. As the project progresses, officers will be working alongside key stakeholders with the vision to expand the deployments across Norwich and Norfolk.
Chief Inspector Craig Miller said: “We are really pleased to be launching Project Servator in Norwich. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to talk to local businesses and staff about the importance of being vigilant at all times, and to work with them to keep everyone safe and add another layer of security to our existing policing methods.”
Officers will be talking to the public, including businesses, to raise awareness of Project Servator and encourage people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious.”
You can help by reporting anything that doesn’t seem right on 101. In an emergency, always call 999.”
Paul McCarthy - General Manager at Intu Chapelfield said: “The security of everyone who works and visits Norwich is important to us, which is why we’re working closely with Norfolk Police to make Project Servator a success.
“Norwich is an incredibly safe place and this will further strengthen the visible and less visible measures already in place to keep everyone safe and secure.”
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