A MORE visible presence of police officers is expected on the streets in a fight to tackle crime of all kinds.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is working with partners as part of nationwide scheme Project Servator to deter, detect and disrupt crimes of any type from petty criminals to terrorists.

There will be highly visible, unpredictable patrols used by the force with a greater commitment to engage with the public.

Superintendent Mark Dexter, from GMP’s Specialist Operations team, said: “Project Servator is very much business as usual for the force but we do need the public’s and our local businesses’ support.

“Firstly, we need people not to worry when they see extra officers out and about or more checks happening.

“Secondly, we need people to be our eyes and ears.”

As well was more noticeable officers there will be more search dogs, metal detection arches and barriers and an increase in police vehicles.

There will also be more legal searches, plain clothes officers, CCTV and other security measures.

GMP will be working with British Transport Police to manage operations at railway stations in the region too.

Superintendent Dexter added: “This is all about working together to send a clear message to potential criminals to say that we are here, we are watching and we will stop you.”

GMP will post regular updates on social media about the progress of the project across Greater Manchester.

Officers will also hand out information to people to raise awareness and encourage them to remain vigilant and report anything which they think is suspicious.

Other forces that have taken part in Project Servator include the City of London Police, British Transport Police and Police Scotland which has been running for the last few years.

GMP is also advising everyone to follow Action Counters Terrorist (ACT) guidance.

For more information about ACT visit gov.uk/ACT.

If you have any police concerns at the moment phone 101, or 999 in an emergency.

The Anti-Terrorist Hotline can also be contacted on 0800 789 321.