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General Aviation and Maritime Unit

The General Aviation and Maritime Unit is part of the Counter-Terrorism Division of Essex Police and is responsible for the gathering and development of intelligence within these environments.

Projects Kraken and Pegasus

Essex Police supports two national projects working to keep the UK’s airfields, marinas and coastal waters a safe place to live, work and relax.

Project Kraken and Project Pegasus aim to increase awareness of possible terrorist and serious organised crime activity within Essex and encourage the public to stay alert and report suspicious activity.

Project Kraken

Project Kraken focuses on the reporting of unusual activity or behaviour within the maritime community believed or suspected of being linked to acts of terrorism or serious organised crime.

This will strengthen our borders against illegal immigration and smuggling. Find out more about Project Kraken by watching this video.

Project Pegasus

Project Pegasus is a joint agency initiative between the National Crime Agency (NCA), Police and Border Force (BF) aimed at reducing the threat from organised crime and terrorism involving aircraft.

It encourages those in the general aviation community to report suspicious activity by calling CrimeStoppers anonymously or 101 and quoting PEGASUS.

Find out more about Project Pegasus by watching this video.

If you suspect it, report it

Whilst it is impossible to say with any certainty what a terrorist or criminal might look like, an individual’s activity or behaviour can become suspicious in the context of the location they are in.

Essex Police is working with its partners to protect Essex against possible threats but we’re also asking you to contact us if they see any activity or behaviour you believe to be suspicious.

If you suspect it, report it!

Report any suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers via their website or you can call them on 0800 555 111. Alternatively you can contact Essex Police by calling 101 for non-urgent matters or 999 in an emergency.

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