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Waterways policing

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We work with our partners to make Nottinghamshire's waterways a safe place for everyone who lives or works on them and enjoys spending time on or near them.

Project Kraken: Protecting the waterways of Nottinghamshire

Project Kraken enables us to do this by collating all information reported to us about suspicious activity on or around our waterways.

This can help to increase our vigilance capability, strengthen our borders and promote the exchange of information between those responsible for combating terrorism and organised crime, illegal immigration and smuggling.

Our partners include the UK Border Agency and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Possible signs of criminal or terrorist activity

If you spend time on or near Nottinghamshire's waterways, we rely on you to be our eyes and ears and would encourage you to report:

  • People filming near energy-related structures, military bases and bridges
  • Evasive answers to common boating questions - deliberate attempts to avoid contacts with others or attempts to avoid drawing your attention to them
  • Lack of or inappropriate equipment and knowledge for the environment
  • People putting strange objects into the waterways near bridges, pipes or critical infrastructure at unusual times without the support you would expect from service providers
  • People renting equipment using large cash payments or daily extension of marina or port mooring

If you observe any suspicious activity

What do we ask of you?

  • Don't take direct action
  • Don't confront the individual or reveal your suspicions
  • Record as many details and possible
  • Notify us as soon as possible

We will ask you

  • Who did you see? 
  • What did you see?
  • Where did you see it?
  • When did you see it?
  • Why are you suspicious of who or what you've seen?

Contact information

You can report suspicious activity on Nottinghamshire's waterways by contacting the Ports Office at Nottinghamshire Police using the details provided below and quoting: Project Kraken.

In an emergency where life or property is in danger, please dial 999.

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You can contact the Ports Office at Nottinghamshire Police by emailing portsoffice@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk or by calling the 101 non-emergency number and dialling extension 800 1035.