Essex Police are to begin highly visible patrols in Colchester as part of ‘Project Servator’, the national policing operation designed to deter and detect criminal and terrorist activity as well as to reassure people.
Uniformed and plain-clothed officers, police dogs, armed officers, a network of CCTV cameras and security officers will work in partnership with local retailers and Colchester Council teams, including the Zones teams, who are out and about across the borough.
The patrols will take place at unpredictable times to ensure the best possible impact.
Chief Inspector Jon Hayter said: “Project Servator has been a highly successful visible policing tactic across the country. These tactics are not being deployed in response to a specific threat but will mean a more enhanced and strategic approach to protecting Colchester.
“One of the key elements of Project Servator is unpredictability, so don’t be surprised if you see a visible police presence pop up at various times and locations across Colchester using different resources.”
Cllr Mike Lilley (Lab), Colchester Borough Council’s Porfolio Holder for Public Safety and Licensing, said: “Initiatives like Project Servator are a great way of reassuring people, especially as a garrison town, that we are committed to continuing keeping them safe.
“It also sends a clear message to those thinking of committing any crime in Colchester they are not welcome and we are taking every possible step to stop them blighting the lives of anyone living, working or visiting the borough.”
Chief Inspector Jon Hayter added: “Our officers are here to keep people safe and I need people to speak to us if they have any concerns. You can play an important role by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour either to an officer or by calling 101. In an emergency of course people need to dial 999.”
Essex Police have published more information on Project Servator, including information on new policing tactics to deter and detect criminal and terrorist activity, as well as to reassure the general public.