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of Corporate Services
Policing the Square Mile brings with it particular challenges,
quite unlike any other policing area within the UK. The City of
London is the world’s leading international financial and business
centre. It is an area where disruption to ‘business as usual’ would
have significant impact on the diverse range of business interests
located here. The continuing threats to the financial sector from
terrorism and fraud related crime remain constant and consequently
are key priorities for us. Terrorism and fraud both have a national
dimension and our response to these threats ensures we support the
Government’s requirement that forces address the most serious
criminal threats that transcend force boundaries.
In addition to the hustle and bustle of a vibrant 24/7 business
community, each night around 10,000 residents call the City their
home, whilst every day over 300,000 people (from an estimated 189
different cultures and nationalities) come to work in the City from
Greater London and the south east of England. Over 4 million people
visit the City annually.
We are committed to fighting crime at all levels. Although we
fulfil a national role tackling fraud and other serious
criminality, our local role is no less important to us. It is often
the case that residents’ and workers’ priorities will be different
from those that impact on large corporations and those concerns are
given appropriate regard. This distinction between our national and
local roles is reflected in the range of our priorities.
Image: Our Policing Priorities (extract from
Policing Plan 2012-2015)