The below information was distributed by the City of London Police in relation to Project Servator and Run, Hide, Tell advice for young people.
What is Project Servator?
The City of London Police carries out unpredictable, highly visible police patrols (“deployments”) at locations across the City to deter, detect and disrupt a wide range of criminal activity, including hostile reconnaissance. At the same time, they aim to provide a reassuring presence for people who work, live, or visit the City.
What will happen?
- Project Servator deployments can turn up at any time unannounced. The deployments are highly visible.
- You will see uniformed and plain clothed officers at the station, together with other types of officers, including armed officers and police dogs and handlers.
- They are supported by a network of CCTV cameras.
- We also ask retail and security staff to help us by reporting any suspicious behaviour.
- Officers will talk to members of the public to explain why they are there. They will encourage people to report any suspicious behaviour or unattended items.
- By working together, we aim to ensure City is an uncomfortable place for criminals to be.
What are we asking you to do?
- We are relying on you to support Project Servator. We want to help us create a network of vigilance against criminal activity with you, police, and the public.
- You know your environment better than anyone, so will know if something is out of place or doesn’t feel right. This could be an unattended item or someone acting suspiciously. Please talk to your staff about this and make sure they know what to do.
- They should tell one of our officers or a member of local security staff about their concerns. They can also call the police non-emergency number, 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
- We will visit your premises and speak to you and your staff to explain what we are doing. We will ask permission before we talk to your customers. We may ask you to temporarily display posters or leaflets in your premises which explain what Project Servator is.
If your customers ask about the increased police presence, please talk to them about Project Servator and reassure them that we’re there to keep them safe. Let them know how they can report anything that doesn’t feel right.
Run, Hide, Tell – Advice For Young People
The National Counter Terrorism Headquarters and the Home Office, supported by police forces across the country, have teamed up with TV stars, sporting heroes and influential figures to launch a series of films designed to teach you how to keep safe in a gun or knife terror attack.
The message to children is simple: RUN if they are able to, HIDE if they cannot, and TELL police of the threat only when it is safe to do so. We also advise to warn others about an on-going threat, and crucially NOT to stop and use mobile phones until safely away from danger.