Thames Valley Police has partnered with businesses and the local public to launch Project Servator, involving 'unpredictable' and strategic deployments of officers with the aim of disrupting criminal activity.

Both plainclothes and uniformed officers will be sent out into the community.

Dogs, mounted units and drones are among the other measures that will be utilised.

As part of the project, uniformed officers will work actively with the public to raise awareness about the measures they can take to combat crime.

The project has already made its debut elsewhere in England, where it has been used effectively as part of a counter-terrorism initiative.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: "Project Servator has been successful in gathering intelligence that has assisted Counter Terrorism Units in investigating and preventing acts of terror.

"Developed and tested by security experts at the National Protective Security Authority, in partnership with the City of London Police, the tactic has also resulted in arrests for various offences and is responsible for removing firearms, knives and drugs from the streets."

Inspector Gemma Price, Project Servator's tactical lead, said: "Our trial of Project Servator is a fantastic opportunity for us to work even closer with businesses and wider partners to maximise safety and security in the Thames Valley, while reminding our communities about the importance of being vigilant at all times.

"Although Project Servator deployments are different to normal police operations, if you see one in your area, there’s nothing to worry about.

"Don't be surprised or alarmed if you see them and weren’t expecting to. They are unpredictable in nature, and can happen anywhere at any time.

"Officers will be engaging with the public and businesses as part of deployments, letting them know what they are doing and reminding them to report any suspicious or unusual behaviour to us.

"You can help by telling a police officer or member of security staff immediately or call 101. In an emergency, always call 999."