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London police add new tactic to arsenal against 'terror'

Wednesday 20 January 2016

The City of London Police have implemented new policing tactics to deter and detect 'criminal and terrorist activity'.

The tactics, described as 'cutting edge' are designed to disrupt attempts at 'hostile reconnaissance'. These hostile targets are identified as: "Criminals, whether extreme protest groups, organised crime groups or terrorists".

Plain clothes officers, supposedly trained in "behaviour analysis" will be invoking powers to stop and search anyone acting 'nervously'.

This line of reasoning replicates the powers invoked in stop and searches which have been used for many years to harrass and intimidate migrant communities and people with insecure immigration status through racial profiling. People who are stopped under this power- simply for looking nervous- have no obligation to respond to questions, and are within their rights to walk away (info from the .gov website here), but there have been multiple corroborated instances where police have abused peoples' lack of knowledge about their rights during this procedure.

The British Transport Police website states that during Project Servator, "We will turn up unannounced at railway stations to carry out patrols. They will be unpredictable, so they could happen at any time, last for different amounts of time and involve varying numbers of officers and assets".

So why has Project Servator kicked into gear? The City of London Police's website proudly proclaims that: "Protecting the City as a global financial centre remains a key priority for the City of London Police".

A detective sergeant at the Counter-Terrorism Unit of the City of London Police remarked that 'normal members of the public' had nothing to fear.

"Police use new tactic to fight terror threat in City of London" by Conor Sullivan writing for the Financial Times on 17th January 2016.

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