Ministry of Defence Police: Project Servator

The MDP use Project Servator to disrupt criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public, customers and the defence community.

'Project Servator Together we've got it covered' Project Servator Logo. Crown copyright

Project Servator Logo. Crown copyright

About Project Servator

Project Servator aims to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.

Our Project Servator deployments are highly visible and unpredictable, and can happen at any time, anywhere. They are made up of a range of resources including: uniformed and plain clothes officers, armed police officers, police dogs, marine police units, vehicle checkpoints, CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).

Project Servator officers are specially trained to identify individuals who may have criminal intent. This can range from someone shoplifting in a town centre to an individual who is planning a terrorist attack and is carrying our hostile reconnaissance at an iconic site, the tell-tale signs of pressure and anxiety that bring them to the officers’ attention are the same.

Police officers stopping a driver in a vehicle as part of Project Servator

Photo: Paul Kemp MDP. Crown Copyright

What we do

If a Project Servator deployment is happening where you are, there’s nothing to worry about. They are normal police deployments, designed to be unpredictable and planned in advance and intelligence led.

Officers will talk to staff and members of the communities in and around the sites that we serve, 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 see officers handing out leaflets explaining what Project Servator is, or posters on display.

Project Servator is utilised in and around the sites that we protect across the UK, including at:

  • HMNB Portsmouth
  • AWE Aldermaston
  • AWE Burghfield
  • HMNB Clyde
  • RNAD Coulport
  • Defence HQ, Whitehall
  • HMNB Devonport

A surge capability is also available where required.

We work closely with Police Service of Scotland, Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and British Transport Police who operate Project Servator in the areas close to the communities that we serve.

Our teams also work with other partners, including security staff, CCTV operators and local businesses, to carry our deployments. Together, we’ve got it covered.

Police officers stopping and talking to members of the public

Photo: Paul Kemp MDP. Crown Copyright

What we need you to do

Your support and assistance with Project Servator is the key to its success. You can help protect the sites and communities that you are working in, living in and visiting by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right.

For example, report an unattended item or someone acting suspiciously, don’t leave it to someone else. Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit within day to day life.

If you see a police officer, please take a moment to talk to them and find out how you can help keep your workplace and community safe. Communities defeat terrorism and you can help by being an extra pair of eyes and ears.

If you see something suspicious, please tell a police officer or call 01371 854444. Please use 999 if an immediate response is required.

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 on the ACT Website .

More information

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In the news

Published 27 March 2018
Last updated 18 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance about Project Servator and how you can help.

  2. Updated sections on 'About Project Servator' and 'What we do'

  3. Updated guidance about Project Servator and how you can help.

  4. Added the Talk through magazine to the 'in the news' section.

  5. Added two new updates to the 'In the news' section of the page.

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