Project Kraken

The United Kingdom's border controls are among the most stringent in the world, and whilst the numbers of those being transported across the maritime domain are relatively low in comparison to other modes of transport, it is a risk we take very seriously.

Project Kraken forms part of the National Maritime Security Strategy and has now been adopted by 90 per cent of UK police forces who have the responsibility for a coastline and significant inland waterways.

Project Kraken is co-ordinated locally to deal with local issues within Dorset.

Building an effective intelligence picture and understanding the broader maritime environment is essential to combat those opportunistic individuals and Organised Crime Groups, who would seek to circumvent UK entrance procedures and requirements.

We are asking YOU, our maritime community to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour in these and other maritime environments. No matter how trivial it may seem; if it looks out of the ordinary, we want to know about it.

 

Any unusual or suspicious activity along the coastline or in maritime environments should be reported immediately.

This could include:

  • crew who show signs of nervousness or a lack of awareness of maritime protocols and customs
  • vessels showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage
  • increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of the day
  • attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual location
  • strange patterns of payment, such as large amounts of cash
  • people testing site security or an unusual interest in site structures and wharfs

How to report

We want you to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour along the coast line and other maritime environments.

No matter how trivial it may seem; if it looks out of the ordinary, we want to know about it.

Any unusual or suspicious activity should be reported to Dorset Police via email kraken@dorset.pnn.police.uk or anonymously to Crimestoppers.

Alternatively, unusual or suspicious activity can be reported to us using 101.

Do not take direct action against any individuals or groups. As always, if it is an emergency, dial 999.

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