Project Servator - Gatwick Police

Project Servator is a Sussex Police lead operation designed to deter criminals from working at the airport.

At London Gatwick Airport, your safety and security are our number one priority. We are committed to working with our partners to ensure your journey is as safe and secure as possible.

You have a key role to play in reporting anything unusual or suspicious. Help us keep the airport safe and secure for yourself and your fellow passengers. Don’t ever be concerned about reporting anything, no matter how minor you may think it is – please let us know immediately and we will investigate. Call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Security at the airport isn’t just about screening bags

While you will be familiar with our screening processes as you arrive and depart, these are not the only procedures in place to help keep you and the airport safe.

We work effectively with our partners, airlines, staff and the wider community in combination with state-of-the art security equipment and the latest techniques for detecting and deterring a wide range of criminality. Some of these measures may not be visible, so here is an introduction to some of the work at Gatwick.

Sussex Police and Project Servator

Sussex Police operates Project Servator at Gatwick Airport. This involves intelligence-led, unpredictable, highly visible police deployments designed to deter and detect a range of criminality, including terrorism. They can happen at any time, anywhere across the airport and include vehicle checkpoints as well as the use of other policing assets such as dogs. Don’t be surprised if you see them while you’re here. The team regularly briefs and liaises with staff and businesses around the airport so they know what to be on the lookout for and how to report anything suspicious. They're very happy to talk to you to explain what they are doing, so feel free to chat to them.

The Project Servator team also works in partnership with other police forces, such as British Transport Police to carry out joint deployments, so you may come across these on your journey to and through the airport. 

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Together, we’ve got it covered

All staff that work at Gatwick attend regular security training and briefings to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest threat information and security practices, including how to be vigilant for and report suspicious activity.

In addition we engage regularly with community groups to act as extra eyes and ears and help the police protect the airport from criminal and terrorist activity.

CCTV and Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)

Our in-house screening process ensures security compliance with international regulations, while CCTV and ANPR cameras provide twenty-four hour surveillance capability across the airport. Furthermore, at London Gatwick Airport the CCTV is monitored 24/7 by trained operators who work very closely with Police and Security staff.