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Police celebrate one year anniversary of Project Servator at intu Lakeside

Police celebrate one year anniversary of Project Servator at intu Lakeside
Today (Sunday, July 23, 2017) we are celebrating our one year anniversary of Project Servator at intu Lakeside in Essex.

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.

"We take the safety and security of our customers and staff extremely seriously and this project is just another way in which we continually adapt and flex our approach. It’s great to have Essex Police in the centre working alongside our own experienced staff on such a great initiative."

Key to the success of Project Servator is the support of people visiting and working at intu Lakeside to be extra eyes and ears for the police, reporting any suspicious behaviour to help create a network of vigilance and make it even harder for criminals to succeed.

Organisations such as Royal Mail can help play a crucial part of the fight against criminality. Postmen and women are out in the community six days a week and provide and extra set of eyes and ears whilst out on deliveries and can assist the police by alerting them to anything suspicious.

Andy Downes, Royal Mail Delivery Director for Essex, said: “Royal Mail postmen and women collect and deliver mail six days a weeks and have almost unrivalled knowledge of the communities they serve. We are proud to work with Essex Police on Project Servator and look forward to continuing to play our part in creating a safer community.”

You can play an important role by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour either to an officer or by calling 101. Please use 999 if an immediate response is required.

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