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Policing the Square Mile today

The City is home to over 8,000 residents and an additional 400,000 City workers, visitors, and commuters travel to or through the City every day. In recent years, the City has also 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 ensuring the safety and security of all these individuals while they are within the City’s boundaries. The force also leads nationally on fraud and economic crime, which includes delivering the UK‘s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, Action Fraud. There are over 1,000 officers and staff in the City of London Police delivering these local and national services.

How the Square Mile is policed

Both the City of London Corporation and the City of London Police organise regular events to engage with residents and businesses in the City and obtain views on what our local policing priorities should be (these are detailed in the Force’s Policing Plan, progress against which is reported in their Annual Report).

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) in 2012. They are collectively represented by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). While these reforms did not apply to the City Corporation (so it remains one of the few remaining Police Authorities in England and Wales), it is a member of the APCC.

About the City of London Police Authority

The City of London Corporation’s Court of Common Council is the Police Authority for the Square Mile as set out in the City of London Police Act 1839. The Court delegates this duty (except for the appointment of the Police Commissioner) to the Police Committee and its sub-committees (Performance and Resource Management; Professional Standards and Integrity; Economic Crime Board; and Police Pensions Board).

The role of the Police Committee 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

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 of the Police Committee and all Members to ensure that there is an effective and efficient police service in the City.

Treasurer

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, Comptroller and City Solicitor

Police Authority Officers

Alex Orme, Policy Manager
Oliver Bolton, Policy Officer

Complaints

If you wish to make a complaint about the City of London Police, follow the steps on the Force’s website. Please note that the Police Authority does not deal with complaints about the Force, except for specific complaints about the conduct of the Commissioner. If you would like to make a complaint about a member of staff in the Police Authority, please refer to the City of London Corporation’s feedback and complaints section.

Freedom of Information

If you would like to request information held by the City of London Police under the Freedom of Information Act, please contact them directly. If you believe the information you require is held by the Police Authority, rather than the force, please follow the process set out on our Freedom of Information pages.

Reporting a Crime

In an emergency always dial 999. Otherwise, follow the reporting process outlined on the Force website.

Independent Custody Visitor Scheme

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are trained volunteers that visit police stations unannounced to check on the treatment and welfare of people held in police custody.

ICV recommendations can require the police to make improvements to aid the welfare of detainees. Working as part of a panel, they play a valuable role in maintaining public confidence in this important area of policing by making sure that detainees are treated well.

The City of London currently has one Police custody suite at Bishopsgate Police Station and the panel, of up to 12 members, visit this suite announced on a regular basis. See the guidelines for the scheme (213KB) for more details. If you are interested in joining the panel or if you would like any further details, contact icv@cityoflondon.gov.uk

How we respond to Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services

If you would like to see our response and the progress made to date, please see the papers of our Police Performance and Resource Management Sub Committee which meets every three months.

Contact the Team

policing@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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