Bristol Airport is working in partnership with Avon and Somerset Police as part of a nationally coordinated programme of operational police activity called Project Servator.
Project Servator is a tactic which sees highly-visible police deployments designed to deter, disrupt and detect criminal activity – from shoplifting and pickpocketing to more serious crime including terrorism.
The deployments, which can appear unannounced anywhere throughout the Airport, are intended to compliment normal police patrols and are nothing to worry about.
What will happen?
The deployments are made up of a range of resources, including uniformed and plain clothed police officers specially-trained to identify individuals with criminal intent, police dog units and armed officers. Deployments are always backed up by the Airport’s state-of-the-art CCTV system.
The Project Servator teams work with Airport security staff as well as the Airport’s shops and restaurants to carry out deployments.
Officers will talk to passengers to let them know what they are doing and remind them to be vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual behaviour to police or Airport staff.
You may also see officers handing out leaflets explaining what Project Servator is, or posters on display.
What you need to do?
The aim of Project Servator is to create a network of vigilance against criminal activity and the Airport, together with Avon and Somerset Police, are relying on your support.
You have an important role to play in helping to make the tactic a success by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right, for example an unattended item or someone acting suspiciously.
You can report anything suspicious to the officers involved in the deployments or to any member of Airport staff.
If a crime is in progress, or there is a current threat to a person or property, always call 999 immediately.
Alternatively you can also the police on 101 with non-urgent reports.