Project Servator

Project Servator – a policing tactic used to disrupt a range of criminality, including terrorism while providing a reassuring presence for the public. We are working with partners, including businesses and the public, to continue to protect West Yorkshire communities and everyone who lives or works here and make it a difficult place for criminals and terrorists to operate.





Hello, and welcome to West Yorkshire Police’s Project Servator web page.

On here we will aim to provide you with as much information as we can about Project Servator along with regular updates of what the West Yorkshire team have been doing.

Further down the page there are links to posters that you can download and also a short film or two you can watch. There is also a feed of our latest Twitter posts and if you like, you can follow us on Twitter at @WYP_Servator

The Project Servator team have strong working links with Leeds City Council, Safer Leeds CCTV and Leeds BID.

We also work with the management teams, security and maintenance staff at all of the major shopping centres in Leeds.

Our Network of Vigilance spreads far and wide.

You will also see us at the fantastic events we have in and around Leeds and West Yorkshire, such as the International Triathlon Series, Tour De Yorkshire, Pride, Christmas Markets and many many more.


Latest News:

Thursday 22nd October 2020

It’s certainly disappointing for the Project Servator team that COVID is still around and massively affecting how we do business. We can only wonder at how business owners and staff members are coping through these difficult times.

Our Project Servator work is still carrying on. We are building on our partnership working – regularly adding new shops, eating establishments and soon to be announced, a full launch at a prestigious shopping centre in the area.

We ask you to stay alert and vigilant as crime and indeed hostile reconnaissance is still being undertaken in our county. If you see something that doesn’t feel right, please do not be afraid to report it. #TogetherWeveGotItCovered   

Sunday 16th August 2020: Well what an unprecedented year we've been having ! No doubt COVID has hit us all hard with people having to adapt by working and shopping differently. Potentially it has changed how we do things long term - We will have to wait and observe how the world economies react.

We in Project Servator have also had to work differently. We have been trained in a number of different areas over the last few months and now so as a team we are a very diverse and multi-skilled group.  

We have started back in the city centre and are working hard to reinforce the partnerships we had built prior to COVID. There are a lot of new faces in and around town, and sadly, a few are having to find work elsewhere but we are back on it and are picking up where we left off.

Face masks are definitely making it difficult for us to speak with the public, but if you are out and see us, please come and say hello. Even if we do have our face masks on we are more than happy to talk to you.

Thursday 9th January: The Project Servator team enjoyed working around Leeds city centre over December. It's always busy and we get some absolutely fantastic interaction from the public. We recorded some great comments: "Lovely to see police officers out and about." "Nice to see officers on the street." "You're doing a great job." "All the stores in Leeds like what Servator brings to Leeds."

We enjoy doing what we do to keep the workers, inhabitants and visitors to West Yorkshire safe and sound. And we wouldn't have it any other way. 

Wednesday 13th November: It was a rather busy opening to the Christmas period for the Servator team. We had the Christmas Light switch on, Remembrance Sunday and the opening of the Christmas Market. During the deployments we had a number of arrests including; 1 male for theft of pedal cycle. He also happened to have an amount of Spice on him so he was further arrested for Possession with intent to Supply. Another male was wanted on warrant. And finally a young Albanian gentleman was residing in the country on an Italian passport and so was arrested on immigration offences. We also managed to seize a couple of vehicles and issue some requests for vehicle documentation.

Tuesday 15th October: A marvellous Leeds Light Night event was held on the 10th and 11th of October. Our team was deployed prior to, and during the event itself. Thousands of happy people came and enjoyed the installations with the only hitch being the rain on Thursday night. Over the course of our deployments 4 arrests were made; 2 for theft, 1 for immigration offences and 1 under the mental health act.

Wednesday 1st October: Our team was busy in the run up to, and during the UCI World Cycling event. We had successful deployments in both Bradford and Leeds and we would like to thank our colleagues at those divisions for the invaluable support they provided. 2 arrests were made, 1 in Leeds and 1 in Bradford and both were made by utilising the specialist training our Project Servator Officers have received, to be able to identify people with criminal intent. One male in Leeds had been supplying false details on a regular basis but due to the training and tenacity of our officers we were able to establish his real identity and discover that he had been wanted since 2015 on drugs offences !

The event itself went off without a hitch and that was due in no small part to our colleagues in North Yorkshire Police who based their whole 9 day security operation on Project Servator.

Tuesday 30th September: A warm (!) welcome to our partners in New South Wales Police who this weekend have launched Project Servator in Sydney. Congratulations cobbers and welcome to the team. Please be aware that job share is very much an option :-)

Wednesday 21st August: So Ed has been and gone. A massive undertaking by the council, Showsec and the Police to get everyone in and out safely. A big shame about the weather on Friday which certainly ruined a lot of carefully put together outfits ! On average the team walked 15 miles over the course of the two show nights - Much more if you add in our visits during the setting up phase, and the run up to the event. Project Servator don't just show up on the night. Our primary role is to disrupt the planning stage of an attack, so we're on hand prior to any events we attend.

Wednesday 7th August: Sadly we don't have time to reflect on what looked like an extremely successful Pride. Project Servator is now shifting its attention to the upcoming Ed Sheeran event at Roundhay Park and the UCI World Cycling Championship. Plus, of course our regular standard deployments and all the other events (dare we say it) in the run up to Christmas !

Thursday 11th July: Over the last 4 weeks Project Servator officers have been conducting training sessions with the CCTV operators at Safer Leeds to help them identify Hostile Reconnaissance and promote a better working relationship with Project Servator.


Safer Leeds

Our launch video has been selected by the Counter Terrorism Policing team to go on their website as an introduction to Project Servator. You can find it by following this link -


Friday 7th June: Project Servator have signed up to West Yorkshire Community Alert. We can now send out emails to thousands of followers. Keeping the public and local business up to date with regular information. #TogetherWeveGotItCovered


Community Alert


Bus services in Leeds are getting on board with a cutting edge police project to disrupt criminal activity. 

A number of First Leeds services are to begin to feature specially designed artwork for Project Servator from January as part of continuing work by authorities to encourage residents to report suspicious behaviour and make it more difficult for criminals to operate.

More information can be found here.




Project Servator aims to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.

We are working with partners, including businesses and the public, to continue to protect West Yorkshire communities and everyone who lives or works here and make it a difficult place for criminals and terrorists to operate.

Our Project Servator deployments are highly visible and unpredictable and can happen at any time, anywhere.

Read the Project Servator Launch in Leeds News Release here.

What we will do

If a Project Servator deployment is happening where you are, there’s nothing to worry about. They are normal police deployments.

Project Servator sees the deployment of both highly visible and covert officers, supported by other resources such as dogs, horses, firearms officers, vehicle checkpoints, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and CCTV. The deployments can happen anywhere and at any time and include officers who are specially-trained to spot the tell-tale signs of individuals who may have criminal intent.

Officers will talk to the public and local businesses to let them know what they are doing and remind them to be vigilant, trust their instincts and report any suspicious or unusual behaviour. You may also see officers handing out leaflets explaining what Project Servator is, or posters on display.

Working with the community is a vital part of making Project Servator a success. If you have any questions please feel free to talk to our officers.

Our teams also work with partners, such as British Transport Police, security staff and CCTV operators to carry out deployments. Together, we’ve got it covered.

What we need you to do

You have an important role to play in helping to make Project Servator a success by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right, for example an unattended item or someone acting suspiciously.

You can report your concerns to officers who are out and about. Alternatively , contact us on 101. In an emergency, always use 999.

We also need you to remain vigilant while out and about, and to follow national ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) guidance. More information on what to look out for and how to contact police can be found at

Posters and artwork

Project Servator

Project Servator – Local TV Coverage

View a local TV news clip featuring coverage of Project Servator deployments in Leeds and York.  

The clip was broadcast last night (Monday) on BBC Look North and includes an interview with ACC Russ Foster.

Project Servator aims to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.

The Force is working with partners, including businesses and the public, to continue to protect West Yorkshire communities and everyone who lives or works here and make it a difficult place for criminals and terrorists to operate.