We police with pride, passion and innovation to protect one of the most important, dynamic and challenging environments in the UK, whilst leading the national response to fraud.
I am delighted to see that the City of London Police has continued to ensure that the City remains safe and secure, as demonstrated by the performance figures for the past year.
Everything from assessing the risks and harm to the City of London, to engaging with our community and key people, ensures our service is bespoke to the needs of City business. Take a look at our highlights from this year:
At the City of London Police the year was filled with some memorable
moments, fantastic results, special events and more.
Reported crime in the City of London increased in 2018/2019, in line with the trend seen across the UK.
Ian Dyson QPM
Alistair Sutherland QPM
Commander Jane Gyford
Security and Operations
Commander Karen Baxter
Economic Crime National Coordinator
Detective Chief Superintendent Maria Woodall
Head of Crime Directorate
Detective Chief Superintendent Peter O’Doherty
Head of Economic Crime Directorate
Detective Chief Superintendent David Evans
Head of Intelligence and Information Directorate
Detective Chief Superintendent Glenn Maleary
Head of Uniform Policing Directorate
Human Resources Director
Estates and Services Director
Head of Organisational Development
Teresa La Thangue
The Court of Common Council is the Police Authority for the Square Mile as set out in the City of London Police Act 1839. Under Section 56 of the Act, the Common Council delegated to the Police Committee all of its police authority functions (with the exception of the appointment of the Commissioner). The Committee’s role is to make sure the City of London Police runs an effective and efficient service by holding the Commissioner to account; to ensure value for money in the way the police is run, and to set policing priorities taking into account the views of the community.
Deputy James Thomson
Deputy Keith Bottomley
Alderman Emma Edhem
Alderman Alison Gowman
Alderman Ian Luder
Andrew Lentin (External Member)
Deborah Oliver (External Member)
Deputy Henry Pollard
Welcome to the second online annual report from the City of London Police which sets out the highlights from the last year. It’s been a challenging year, like policing across the UK, we have restricted budgets and demand is ever increasing, but we have had some remarkable achievements.
In terms of headline crime, at one point during the year we had a 25 per cent increase in recorded crime compared to last year. Thanks to an extraordinary amount of good work from officers in the force working in partnership with communities and businesses we’ve reached an end of year position of 15 per cent increase in recorded crime, year on year. This is not something I’m comfortable with but given the backdrop of increasing crime across the UK, this is an area where we have made substantial improvements.
It’s also been a year where we have shown we have an ambition. We launched a corporate plan that sets out what we in the City of London Police want to achieve over the next five years. We have a great opportunity as the police force covering one of the locations of the country’s financial industry to work in partnership with businesses to ensure we have the best equipped and trained officers and staff. And to make sure that, in the way London does, we also reach across the globe to deal with the issues we face. Our corporate plan talks about making this the safest city area in the world, it talks about having a police that is valued by the businesses and citizens who choose to locate, work and visit the City. It also talks of having global influence; this is partly in relation to our national responsibilities in relation to fraud: with fraudsters operating across the world we need to do the same. It is also integral to our responsibilities in relation to protection and counter-terrorism. By working with governments in other countries we can better protect citizens in this country, and in London. We have officers working abroad advising local police forces on how they can work better to protect against the people who would do us harm. We also have an ambition in the corporate plan to build on the partnerships we have established over the past years with businesses and other sectors of the commercial world, and we want to grow this. The City of London is a fantastic global financial centre, home to multinational businesses, all of whom want to ensure their people and their business is safe. We want to work with businesses to achieve this. As an example of this, we have entered into a partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, who is providing funding that will enable us to develop training opportunities in economic crime, to better inform our officers and also to train law enforcement colleagues so we can tackle fraud more effectively. We couldn’t do all this if we didn’t have the best staff so another strand of our corporate plan is to have an innovative, skilled and agile workforce, best equipped to manage the demands of a modern police force.
In our economic crime arena, we were delighted to welcome Karen Baxter, commander and national coordinator for economic crime nationally within in policing. She joins us from PSNI, with vast experience of investigation and critical incident management. She is working hard with our partners, the NCA, Home Office and other stakeholders to ensure we have the best approach to tackling this problem. The HMICFRS this year published its report into fraud and policing and there are a number of recommendations that we need to take forward. This is within a challenging environment with increases across all crime types and we need to ensure fraud is appropriately dealt with as the current biggest single crime type in the UK. We want to give the most appropriate support to victims of fraud.
In October 2018 we launched a new Action Fraud system, linked to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, which is far more intuitive and easy to understand for those reporting fraud. We have seen an increase in the number of online reports received since the launch, compared with the previous year. This will help us to have the best possible opportunities to tackle fraud.
Through the past year we have continued our work with our leadership programme, which is about encouraging our workforce to be innovative, empowered and to grow our people. This programme is the means by which we will deliver on our global ambitions.
This all sounds ambitious and it is ambitious, but I am confident we can achieve it.
I hope you find the information within the report of interest.
My year as Chairman of the Police Committee has been eventful and highly rewarding. We have successfully instituted major changes to our governance framework in order to enhance our oversight and scrutiny of the Force. This ensures we are able to drive rigorously through improvements in the Force’s performance, that our policing priorities reflect the views of our business and residents communities, and provide even greater strategic direction and focus for the longer-term policing of the City.
The City of London Police has had a very successful year, performing well in protecting our City workers, residents and visitors from terrorism, public disorder, economic and violent crime. The Force’s work to combat terrorism continues to evolve in the face of an ever-changing landscape of threat and risk. During the past year, the Home Office appointed the Force as the national centre of excellence for Project Servator, the innovative prevention framework designed to deter and disrupt terrorism used by City of London Police since 2014. This has meant that the Servator team has been training police forces across the country over overseas to ensure our partners have the necessary tools to deploy Servator in their communities. The Force has also responded effectively to challenges such as improving road safety through education and enforcement, preventing fraud and the growing problem of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and violence linked to the night time economy. It is notable, that these successes were achieved against a backdrop of significant budget reductions with the Force having to deliver year on year efficiencies. It demonstrates that the City is able to provide effective and well managed policing and I must congratulate the Commissioner and the Force on delivering against our ambitious targets.
As Chairman of the Safer City Partnership, I have focused on making sure that our key partners in the City work together to help keep our City’s residents, workers and visitors safe and secure. I would like to praise the force and City partners in the way they have responded in tackling community concerns, such as alcohol related ASB, begging and rough sleeping. I would also like to highlight the great work of our volunteers – the Police Specials and our Police Cadets. The support of our communities is critical in ensuring the City remains a safe and secure place for all.
Every year events such as the Lord Mayor’s Show, which attract tens of thousands of people to the Square Mile are successfully policed. These events show London off to the world as being the vibrant and diverse city that it is, a city that operates seamlessly under pressure and a city that deals well with pressure. The Metropolitan Police Service, the British Transport Police, the NCA and the Security Service are all paramount in achieving this success, and without their partnership and support we would face many more obstacles in doing our work. In terms of the force’s international role in tacking fraud, I would also like to highlight its strong links with the Global Cyber Alliance (in partnership with the District Attorney of New York’s office) which is designed to confront, address, and prevent malicious cyber activity and serious organised crime.
Finally, I would like to thank my fellow Members of the Committee for their support and hard work during this time of change and give thanks to all those who have supported me and the Committee in the past year. I looking forward to next year with renewed vigour.
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