Armed officers will be part of the increased Greater Manchester Police presence at this year’s Christmas Markets.
The festivities kick off on Friday with millions set to descend on the city and its 225 stalls across several locations.
GMP have outlined their plans for the next few weeks with revellers warned they will see more officers out and about than is the norm. They will include neighbourhood bobbies, PCSOs and specialist officers including plain clothes and firearms officers.
Patrol plans also include deployments by specially trained officers from Project Servator. These patrols are unpredictable and utilise a range of tactics designed to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism.
In the Piccadilly Gardens area, Operation Vulcan Piccadilly is also continuing to disrupt criminality and tackle negative perceptions of the area.
Inspector Glen Rees said: “Greater Manchester Police has once again launched Operation Dasher in the city centre, which is our policing operation for the Manchester Christmas Markets.
“The operation steps-up patrols, draws on a wide range of force resources and uses a combination of tactics – including high-visibility and plain clothes deployments – to reduce crime and ensure everyone heading out to enjoy festivities can do so safely.
“We are also working closely with wider partners including Manchester City Council and are linked in with businesses to offer support throughout the busy Christmas period.
“We will also be utilising Project Servator deployments which can pop up anywhere, at any time. If you see one of these in action, it is nothing to worry about. Our officers will be happy to explain what they’re doing and if you have any questions, please speak to them and find out how you can help play a part in keeping people safe this Christmas.”