Liverpool FC is supporting Merseyside Police’s Project Servator campaign at Anfield stadium. Project Servator is a new policing tactic used to deter and detect a range of criminal activity, from shoplifting and pickpocketing, to more serious crime including terrorism. LFC joins venues across the city, including the Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool ONE, the Albert Dock and the Merseyside Maritime Museum, to work in partnership and encourage reporting of suspicious activity.
The campaign – launched across Merseyside earlier this year – is designed to increase vigilance within communities, encourage the reporting of suspicious behaviour, whilst reassuring the general public. The project is made up of a range of police resources, including uniformed and plain-clothed officers specially trained to identify individuals with criminal intent, police dog units, mounted officers and CCTV operators. All deployments are unpredictable and will take place at any time. They can last for different amounts of time and involve varying numbers of officers and take place anywhere across Merseyside.
Alongside the club’s support for the campaign fans can expect to see an increased steward and police presence around Anfield stadium on matchdays. Stewards are now asking supporters on arrival to have their tickets ready, any coats and jackets open in preparation for entry, and any bags ready to be searched. This will help the club improve its matchday operation and reduce queues at the turnstiles.
Bringing bags to the stadium is actively discouraged. However, fans arriving at the stadium with a small personal bag (i.e. handbag/medical bag) should expect this to be searched and tagged before entry. The club is warning fans that bringing a bag may delay entry and, in some cases, may lead to non-entry to the stadium.