Project Servator – a policing tactic used to disrupt and deter a range of criminality, including terrorism – will be trialled at intu Potteries from Friday 13 September.
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, 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 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.
We will work in partnership with colleagues from intu Potteries security to carry out deployments at the centre.
Inspector Mat Derrick from Staffordshire Police said: “I am really pleased to be trialling Project Servator at intu Potteries. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to talk to shoppers 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 also 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 any suspicious activity via our website, social media or by calling 101. Alternatively, report it online at gov.uk/ACT. In an emergency, always call 999.
Rachael Jackson – General Manager at intu Potteries said: “We have very close working relationships with the security services and police at a national and local level so we had no hesitation in working with Staffordshire Police on Project Servator.”
“We take the safety and security of our customers and staff seriously and this project is just another way in which we continually adapt and flex our approach.”
"It’s great to have Staffordshire Police in the centre working alongside our own experienced staff to launch such a great initiative”.”
Find out more about Project Servator at Stafford Police.