Policing the Square Mile brings with it particular challenges, quite unlike any other policing area within the UK. As one of the global financial and professional services powerhouses, its population is richly diverse; almost 400,000 people travel to the City each day to work while approximately 9,000 residents call the City home. It boasts St Paul’s Cathedral, the Barbican, the Museum of London, several universities, schools, and a vibrant shopping and night-time economy.
The City of London is in a unique position as we have our own dedicated police force: City of London Police. As the police force for the nation’s financial heart its core mission is (as national lead) to protect the UK from economic crime and maintain the City of London as one of the safest cities in the world, working closely with the Metropolitan Police and other agencies. There are many competing priorities from fighting terrorism and tackling crime to road safety and combating fraud.
The Court of Common Council (the City’s main decision making body) is the Police Authority for the Square Mile and the work of the City of London Police is scrutinised by a dedicated Police Committee and 3 Sub-Committees to ensure the Police runs an effective and efficient service by holding the Commissioner to account; ensure value for money, and to set policing priorities taking into account the views of the community.
Have your say
As member of two Police Sub-Committees it would be great to get your views on how you the City of London Police is doing and what priorities should be for 2018/19. I have already raised several areas with the Police on behalf of local City workers such as road safety, cycling, anti-social behaviour and community safety.