High profile police operation in Glasgow to tackle crime ahead of Games
The new tactic will see mounted police, dog handlers, plain clothed officers and air support in operation in George Square.
Mounted police, dog units and the force helicopter will are to descend on Glasgow as part of a new tactic to tackle crime at the Commonwealth Games.
The new Police Scotland tactic, Project Servator, will be operating in the city's George Square on Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm.
This will see uniformed officers deployed and supported by officers from Community Safety Glasgow. Mounted police, dog handlers, plain clothed officers and air support will also be in operation.
Community Safety Glasgow will also have their command and control vehicle present and their specially trained CCTV operators will be providing direct support to the deployment from the state-of-the-art CSG control room .
A statement from police said: "Project Servator is a new tactic and part of Police Scotland’s strategy to deliver a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.
"It comprises unpredicatable and intelligence-led and deploys police officers who have a strong focus on disrupting hostile reconnaissance and attack planning.
"Project Servator comprises a highly visible Police presence that will turn up unannounced in locations at any time, any duration and any range of assets used, not all of which will be evident, for example plain clothed police officers among other tactics."
Some of the visible tactics that can be deployed include search dogs, horses and mobile CCTV. These assets will also come and go during the deployment.
The deployment may then not appear in the same area for another few days, a week or may be back half an hour later and have a completely different look and feel.
This unpredictability is a "key deterrent for criminals and those with criminal intent", say Police Scotland.
They added: "If you can’t build up a pattern of activity it is difficult to plan criminal acts and increases risk of detection and operation failure."
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