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City of London appoints new Police Commissioner

IAN Dyson is set to be appointed the new City of London Police Commissioner after his candidature was approved at today’s Court of Common Council, subject to Royal Assent.

The appointment, effective from 1 January, sees Ian Dyson head up the country’s lead force fighting economic crime and he will oversee its special work combatting fraud and cyber-crime nationwide and globally.

The City of London Corporation is the police authority for Square Mile and the Chairman of its elected Police Committee, Henry Pollard, said:

‘I’m delighted that, after a tough competitive process, Assistant Commissioner Ian Dyson has accepted the role which will see him build on the work that Commissioner Adrian Leppard and his senior team have guided over the past few years, in particular in the area of economic, fraud and cyber-crime.

‘Ian’s strong background in the Met, at Surrey and the City Police means he bring a wealth of operational experience and strategic skills to take forward the force as it faces ever-greater challenges, not just on the streets and in London, but online and from around the globe.’

As well as its national role fighting economic crime, the City of London Police plays a strong part in anti-terrorism and community-policing because of the Square Mile’s global position as a hub for international business, the high-profile events it hosts, and its many visitors, workers and residents.

Ian Dyson, Assistant Commissioner at the City of London Police since 2010 (where he has served as the Operations Support Commander and the Commander lead on Economic Crime and Strategic Change), began his career in Wimbledon as a PC in 1983. After that he served in Clapham, Notting Hill, and Kensington & Chelsea in frontline and operational roles and has strong experiences in the crime and drugs squads, anti-vice and strategic planning, as well as in the policing of large public events.

After rising to Chief Superintendent to lead the Met’s Change Team in 2004, he then led the Met’s team dealing with licensed premises, clubs and vice until 2008 when he moved to take on the Assistant Chief Constable role at Surrey Police until 2010, leading on Neighbourhood Policing and citizen Focus. He then joined the City Police as Commander (promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2012). He has since then led the force's City First change programme and is currently leading the cultural change and development programme City Futures. His portfolio of responsibilities includes leading on professional standards and equality, diversity and human rights (EDHR) issues. From June 2008 to May 2013, Ian was the ACPO lead for contact management and led the national roll-out for the 101 non-emergency number. He is now the National Policing Lead (formerly ACPO Lead) for information assurance.


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