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What is Project Servator?

Project Servator is a new policing tactic used to deter and detect a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, whilst reassuring the general public.

Project Servator deployments are made up of a range of police resources, including uniformed and plain clothed officers specially-trained to identify individuals with criminal intent, police dog units, mounted officers and CCTV operators.

Security and retail staff also work in partnership with the deployments through continuous vigilance and regular communication to encourage reporting of suspicious activity.

Project Servator will…

  • Help deter and detect a range of criminal activity 
  • Increase community confidence and encourage reporting of suspicious behaviour,
  • Deter those from carrying out a *hostile reconnaissance,
  • Detect offenders and bring criminals to justice.

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Why do we need Project Servator?

These new tactics mean we have a better, more unified approach to protecting those living, visiting and working in Merseyside and can deploy resources more effectively.

We aim to utilise specially trained officers to detect a wide range of criminals from operating around major landmarks, popular locations and crowded areas in order to reduce the criminal threat to the public.

Where will Project Servator be based?

Project Servator has been launched in the Liverpool area on a trial basis.

When will it be launched?

All deployments are unpredictable and will take place at any time. They can last for different amounts of time and involve varying numbers of officers and assets and take place anywhere across Merseyside.

How can you help?

If you see anything that seems out of place, unusual, or you feel someone is acting suspiciously, don’t be afraid to raise your concerns with the police.

Speak to our officers directly, call 101, contact our social media desk @MerPolCC or report online at

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*What is hostile reconnaissance?

Hostile reconnaissance is the information gathering a criminal does when planning to commit a criminal act, including terrorist attacks. This can be online or ‘on the ground’ in person.

More information

Keep up to date with Project Servator via social media using #ProjectServator.

Follow us on:


Twitter: @MerseyPolice

Instagram: @Merseysidepolice


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