Essex Police celebrate one year anniversary of Project Servator in Lakeside

Essex Police are celebrating!

Project Servator sees highly visible yet unpredictable deployments designed to deter, disrupt and detect criminal activity from shoplifting and pickpocketing to more serious crime including terrorism.

They involve both uniformed and plain-clothed officers, supported by other resources such as armed officers, police dogs, a network of CCTV cameras, security staff and the hundreds of retailers we work in partnership with.

Chief Inspector Hayter said: “It has been truly rewarding to see how our officers have developed strong working relationships with the staff, security and retail partners at intu Lakeside. This collaborative approach ensures that we have a surveillance resource that is second to none.

“It’s not just about spotting criminal activity; recently our joint working all came together with plain clothes officers, security and state-of-the-art CCTV which enabled us to spot a high risk missing person. We were able to intervene and ensure the safety of this person and this was down to a real team effort within intu Lakeside.”

Marc Myers, general manager at intu Lakeside: “We have very close working relationships with the security services and police at a national and local level so we had no hesitation in working with Essex Police on Project Servator.”

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