Bus services in Leeds are getting on board with a cutting edge police project to disrupt criminal activity.
A number of First Leeds services are to begin to feature specially designed artwork for Project Servator from January as part of continuing work by authorities to encourage residents to report suspicious behaviour and make it more difficult for criminals to operate.
Project Servator aims to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.
We are working with partners, including businesses and the public, to continue to protect West Yorkshire communities and everyone who lives or works here and make it a difficult place for criminals and terrorists to operate.
Our Project Servator deployments are highly visible and unpredictable and can happen at any time, anywhere.
What we will do
If a Project Servator deployment is happening where you are, there’s nothing to worry about. They are normal police deployments.
Project Servator sees the deployment of both highly visible and covert 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 officers who are specially-trained to spot the tell-tale signs of individuals who may have criminal intent.
Officers will talk to the public and local businesses to let them know what they are doing and remind them to be vigilant, trust their instincts and report any suspicious or unusual behaviour. You may also see officers handing out leaflets explaining what Project Servator is, or posters on display.
Working with the community is a vital part of making Project Servator a success. If you have any questions please feel free to talk to our officers.
Our teams also work with partners, such as British Transport Police, security staff and CCTV operators to carry out deployments. Together, we’ve got it covered.
What we need you to do
You have an important role to play in helping to make Project Servator a success by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right, for example an unattended item or someone acting suspiciously.
You can report your concerns to officers who are out and about. Alternatively , contact us on 101. In an emergency, always use 999.
We also need you to remain vigilant while out and about, and to follow national ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) guidance. More information on what to look out for and how to contact police can be found at www.gov.uk/ACT.
Posters and artwork
Project Servator – Local TV Coverage
View a local TV news clip featuring coverage of Project Servator deployments in Leeds and York.
The clip was broadcast last night (Monday) on BBC Look North and includes an interview with ACC Russ Foster.
Project Servator aims to deter, detect and disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.
The Force is working with partners, including businesses and the public, to continue to protect West Yorkshire communities and everyone who lives or works here and make it a difficult place for criminals and terrorists to operate.