Public order

What we said

  • Work in partnership with the City of London Corporation and other stakeholders to support the planning for large-scale events, with a proportionate, effective policing plan.
  • Engage with our community to address concerns regarding public order, providing advice and resolving policing related matters.
  • Engage with event organisers, protest groups, stakeholders and partners, supporting them through providing proportionate policing plans for their event or protest.
  • Use information and intelligence systems effectively to inform our response to disorder.
  • Work closely with our partners in the MPS and BTP ensuring an efficient collaborative response, particularly in relation to pan-London issues which affect the City of London.
  • Maintain our capability and capacity to respond to public order incidents at a variety of levels.
  • Use best-practice tactics and capture learning to improve our effectiveness, efficiency and service delivery to our community.

What we did

  • Worked closely with our partners in the City of London Corporation, Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police to provide an effective and appropriate policing response to protests and large scale events taking place in the City of London.
  • Kept our communities informed about large scale events in the City of London and provided practical advice where necessary, regarding road closures or areas to avoid.
  • Supported the policing of pan-London events that impact on the City of London.
  • Maintained our minimum levels of skilled officers to support national mobilisation requirements and are enhancing these arrangements with incentives, to enlarge our cadre of specialist public order officers.
  • Better collaboration between intelligence departments within City of London Police, other forces and partner agencies, sharing intelligence to ensure a coordinated response to large scale protests. This approach has increased the likelihood of public order being policed in an effective and efficient manner in the City.
  • We have increased our CBRN resilience with an increase in nationally trained and accredited commanders and responders, equipped to respond to a CBRN incident within the City of London/Capital.
  • Participated in the Home Office’s ‘Best Use of Stop and Search’ scheme.


  • 19 critical incidents declared in the City of London 2017/2018 (11 in 2016/17).
  • 869 pre-planned events in the City of London, 446 of which required a police presence. Of those, 187 required the attendance of 5 or more officers.
  • 56 protests within the City.
  • 428 offences relating to public disorder: 70% increase from 2016/2017.
  • September 2018 – February 2019 there were 40 operational orders with 686 officers deployed. 68% of these orders had City of London Police resources assigned.