Project Servator FAQ | Counter Terrorism Policing

What does Servator mean?

Servator is a Latin word which means ‘watcher’ or ‘observer’.


Where did the idea for Project Servator come from?

Project Servator was developed by experts at the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) in partnership with the City of London Police. It was first introduced by the City of London Police in the Square Mile in 2014.


How many police forces are using Project Servator?

These police forces are using Project Servator:

  • Avon and Somerset Police
  • Bedfordshire Police
  • Belfast Harbour Police (trialling)
  • British Transport Police
  • Cheshire Police (trialling)
  • City of London Police
  • Civil Nuclear Constabulary
  • Devon and Cornwall Police (trialling)
  • Essex Police
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Leicestershire Police (trialling)
  • Merseyside Police 
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Ministry of Defence Police
  • New South Wales Police Force, Australia
  • Norfolk Police (trialling)
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • Police Scotland
  • Police Service Northern Ireland (trialling)
  • Royal Gibraltar Police
  • Staffordshire Police (trialling)
  • Sussex Police
  • West Midlands Police
  • West Yorkshire Police


Is Project Servator a response to recent terrorist attacks?

Project Servator has been developed over several years and a number of police forces have adopted this policing tactic since 2014. Although it is not a response to a specific threat, the threat to the UK from terrorism is SEVERE, meaning an attack is highly likely.

The tragic events in London and Manchester in 2017, and further afield, remind us that attacks can happen at any time or place without warning. This means we all have to remain alert and vigilant when going about our daily lives.

Cooperation between the public, commercial organisations, partners and the police remains the greatest advantage in tackling the challenge the UK faces from terrorism and, in light of the significant threat level, this cooperation is more important than ever before.

Project Servator plays an important role in encouraging everyone to work together to make the UK an uninviting target for criminals and terrorists. It aims to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.


If Project Servator isn’t being used in my area, does this make it an easy target for criminals and terrorists?

Project Servator is an additional tactic police forces can use to deter criminals from operating in that area, identify those with criminal intent and reassure the public. If a police force isn’t using Project Servator, it doesn’t mean they aren’t employing other tactics to achieve these aims.

Every police force takes its role in keeping the public safe seriously and there is an enormous amount of work being done to deter, detect and disrupt all types of criminality, including terrorism, and reassure the public.

Find out more about what is being done to protect the public and crowded places from terrorist attacks.