City Corporation’s police chief: “new policing plan puts victims at heart of everything we do”
Prioritising the needs of crime victims and building a “genuinely inclusive culture” are part of a new policing plan announced by the City of London Corporation’s Police Authority Board (PAB) Chair, James Thomson, today.
He told elected Members of the Court of Common Council – the City Corporation’s top decision making body – that the Policing Plan 2022-25 sets out a “refreshed vision” for the City of London Police.
He said the PAB would work with the force to “create a culture of inclusion and equity that attracts, retains, promotes and supports a diverse range of talent” and “provides an effective service to all of our communities.”
At a local level, Thomson said the force will keep people who live in, work in, and visit the Square Mile safe.
He told elected Members the plan will maintain the City as the safest business district in the world, and support a continued increase in footfall as London recovers from the COVID pandemic, with a “priority focus” on counter terrorism.
At a national level, as the UK’s Lead Force for tackling fraud, Thomson said the City police will prioritise protecting the UK from the threat of economic and cyber-crime.
Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Police Authority Board, James Thomson, said:
“This plan sets out a refreshed vision for the City police - to provide a local service with a national role, trusted by the communities that it serves to deliver policing with professionalism, integrity, and compassion.
“With trust in policing in the public spotlight nationally, we will put victims at the heart of everything the force does.
“Our job is to hold the Commissioner to account. Together we will make sure that the City is the safest business district in the world.”
The new Policing Plan is the first to be overseen by the force’s new Commissioner, Angela McLaren, who was appointed by the Police Authority Board last year as the 16th commissioner in the City Police’s 182-year history.
The PAB’s main 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.
The City of London Police Policing Plan 2022-25 can be accessed here.
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About the City of London Corporation:
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
About the City of London Police Authority Board:
Managed by the City of London Corporation, the City of London Police Authority Board’s role is to make sure that 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. [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 Authority Board all of its police authority functions (with the exception of the appointment of the Commissioner)].
About the City of London Police:
The City of London Police is responsible for policing the City's business district, the 'Square Mile' in the historical centre of London. In addition, it holds national responsibility for Economic Crime and under this remit, it is host to Action Fraud (the national fraud and cybercrime reporting service); the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau; the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department; and the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. The City of London continues to be one of the safest urban areas in the country. www.cityoflondon.police.uk