|Project Pegasus is a joint agency initiative to increase the reporting of suspicious or unusual activity at our airfields. We hope to create a more hostile environment for organised crime such as illegal immigration, smuggling and terrorism, allowing our airfields and the surrounding environment to continue to be a safe place to work, live and relax.
Please report any suspicious activity to Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting Project Pegasus, or email email@example.com
“Working with the aviation community to strengthen our borders”
What is Project Pegasus?
Project Pegasus is a joint agency initiative that delivers an enhanced ‘vigilance' capability within the aviation community of Northamptonshire, providing a hostile environment for the threat from terrorism and organised crime, such as illegal immigration and smuggling to the United Kingdom.
Through enhanced criminal and counter terrorism awareness, and the exchange of information and intelligence between border policing partners and the aviation community, our airfields and environs can continue to be a safe place to live, work and relax.
How does Project Pegasus work?
Project Pegasus, through the provision of a localised number, provides a structure for the reporting of unusual activity or behaviour within the aviation community believed or suspected to be linked to acts of terrorism or organised crime.
Whilst it is almost impossible to say with any certainty what a criminal or a terrorist might look like, an individual's activity or behaviour can become suspicious in the context of the location they are in.
Likewise, the unexpected or unusual presence of an aircraft or associated cargo may give rise to concern to members of the community.
Project Pegasus allows for the collation and assessment of all information and intelligence relating to suspicious activity or behaviour where it is believed to be linked to organised crime, terrorist activity or other threats to our borders. It provides a mechanism for the deployment of resources from border policing partners in response to a potential or defined threat.
What are the signs of Criminal or Terrorist Activity?
1. Tests of Security
Attempts to test security and response times when entering restricted areas.
Individuals taking pictures and making notes of security measures or procedures. Prolonged activity in one area.
Individuals buying unusual equipment or items such as chemicals, uniforms and badges.
4. Suspicious Characters
People whose actions do not fit into the daily or normal routine of the area.
What to look for
- Are the pilots flying qualifications and identification correct and genuine?
- Are the pilot/crew/passengers behaviour/queries/questions as you would expect them to be or suspicious?
- Are there regular breaches of aviation/safety regulations?
- Are there unusual methods of payment or transactions by or between the pilot/passengers/crew?
- Is the aircraft safe and being used legally?
- Is there suspicious or unusual activity by people or vehicles around
- Is there incorrect or unusual operation or appearance of the aircraft?
- Is there a deviation from the normal use of the aircraft by the owner or operator?
- Is the airfield/aerodrome being used unnecessarily in adverse
- weather conditions or in darkness?
- Is there poor airmanship regularly on display?
- Are there regular unexpected or last minute diversions to the airfield/aerodrome?
- Are there unusual aircraft movements outside normal hours?
Terrorists and Criminals can be stopped
S tay alert
K now your environment/workplace
I ntelligence is everyone's responsibility
E xpect the unexpected
S uspicious activity; see it, record it, report it!
Ensure all employees working in sensitive areas have undergone a vetting process. All members of staff should wear a security pass including subcontractors. Encourage staff to challenge persons not wearing a security pass.
If you require protective security advice contact your local police Counter Terrorism Security adviser
If you observe suspicious activity:
- Do not take direct action.
- Do not confront the individual.
- Do not reveal your suspicions.
- Do record as many details as possible.
- Do notify appropriate authorities as soon as possible.
If you observe suspicious activity:
- Who did you observe?
- What did you see? Be specific.
- Where did you see it?
- When did you see it?
- Why is it suspicious?
What do we ask of you?
Quite simply, to call the telephone number below whenever you see any suspicious activity or behaviour.
If you are interested in Project Pegasus please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, organisation/company, location and phone number. We will use this information to circulate urgent information and updates.
At times of heightened risk or threat level, we may wish to contact you with specific reports and requests that you assist us in observing and reporting for a particular individual, group or aircraft.