Welcome to our new, online annual report on the achievements of the City of London Police in 2017/2018.
The year was dominated by terrorist activity in London and Manchester, requiring an intense policing response. City of London Police officers played a role in most of the incidents; standing up our casualty bureau following the attacks in Westminster, Manchester Arena and London Bridge; dispatching firearms officers for two of the London incidents and we were a key player in the resolution of one of the London attacks. Our response placed the force at full stretch, with everyone involved from City Police showing remarkable commitment. We worked seamlessly with the other two London forces, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and British Transport Police (BTP), to keep London safe. HMICFRS commented in their effectiveness report of January 2018: ‘there can be little doubt that City of London Police’s ability to respond to terrorist attacks within minutes and the bravery of the officers involved has saved lives.’
I was very proud of our officers at this time, and in December we held the first tri-force commendation ceremony at the Guildhall, where I was joined by the Commissioner of the MPS and BTP’s Chief Constable, to recognise the exceptional men and women of London’s police forces.
Last year staff completed the same staff survey as did many other forces across the country. The City of London Police response rate of 57% was particularly gratifying, as was the huge degree of pride our staff have in working for us. Responses to the survey show support for some of the changes we’re trying to implement across the force and recognise the impact of the three big shifts that drive our leadership programme. I am committed to developing a full understanding of what our staff think we could do better, and work is underway on this aspect of implementing recommendations from the survey.
For several years we have been responsible for investigating some of the country’s most complex frauds and I am proud of the role we play in the national fraud landscape. Alongside our fraud work, we are increasing our response in the cyber protect sphere and working with the NCA and the National Cyber Security Centre, we played an integral role during the Wanna Cry attack of last May, warning businesses how they could keep themselves safe.
These however are not our only national responsibilities and within the City, we have developed Project Servator, establishing the City as a hostile environment for terrorism and other criminality. In 2017 we secured funding to roll-out Project Servator across the UK, ensuring the standards and impact of Project Servator can be replicated across the country and, possibly, overseas. As 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Bishopsgate bomb which devastated the City and led to the creation of the Ring of Steel, the City of London Police is once again at the forefront of developing tactics that protect people from terrorist threat.
As national lead for economic crime, I gave evidence last October at the Public Accounts committee into their enquiry into online fraud and in January T/Commander Dave Clark, the lead for economic crime gave evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee into the future of policing. We are playing our role as a national police force.
But we are also a London police force and what this year showed is that we work seamlessly with BTP and the MPS to protect the capital. Not only in relation to terrorism but also for other crime types. For example, we work with MPS on an operation to tackle moped enabled crime and associated ‘phone snatches, as well as violent and gang-related knife crime across London.
It’s been a busy year for the force but everyone has responded in a way I’m very proud of to deliver an excellent policing service.
Next year, I look forward to growing the force, in line with our Corporate Plan, an exciting five year plan to demonstrate the very best in policing.
I do hope you enjoy the information within the report.
Ian Dyson QPM