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The Square Mile is home to over 8,000 residents and this number increases - daily - to over 400,000 with the addition of City workers, visitors, and commuters travelling through.

Also, in recent years the City has developed into a major tourist destination with a vibrant night time economy, attracting around 4m visitors a year.

The City of London Police is responsible for safety of the City of London, also known as the Square Mile.

Over 1,000 people work for the City of London Police and around one third of these officers perform a wide range of professional, administrative and operational support roles.

The City of London Corporation, through the Court of Common Council, provides policing governance for the City of London Police.

The Police Authority

Its job is to ensure:

  • the City of London Police runs an effective and efficient service by holding the Commissioner to account
  • value for money in the way the police is run
  • policing priorities are set taking into account the views of the community

Officers of the Authority

Chief Executive
The Town Clerk and Chief Executive of the City of London Corporation, John Barradell, is responsible for overseeing all Police Authority staff, and works closely with the Chairman and all Members to ensure that there is an effective and efficient police service in the City.

Peter Kane, the Chamberlain of London, is the Section 151 Officer for the City of London Police Authority, and performs the functions of the Treasurer to the Authority.

Monitoring Officer
Michael Cogher, the Comptroller and City Solicitor.

Police Authority Lead
Alex Orme, Policy Manager
Oliver Bolton, Policy Officer

For all Police Authority matters email

Ultimately, it is the local community decide how the Square Mile is policed

Both the City Corporation and the City Police organise regular events to engage with residents and businesses in the City and obtain views on what our local policing priorities should be.

To achieve outcomes that matter to local people, the City Corporation is able to draw from expertise in the wide-ranging areas of services it provides and establish effective and strong partnership working, for example, through the Safer City Partnership.

Recent years have seen wide-ranging reforms of policing governance, including the introduction of directly-elected individuals - Police and Crime Commissioners - as local policing bodies for England and Wales.

Those reforms did not apply to the City, although a decision was taken to strengthen the City’s own structures for policing governance in the light of the changes taking place elsewhere and in recognition of the increased demands on the City’s role as a Police Authority.

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