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We police the City of London – the area often referred to as the
"Square Mile". This stretches from the River Thames in the south to
the Barbican Centre in the north, Holborn and Fleet Street to the
west and Aldgate and Liverpool Street to the east. We also police
the corresponding bridges in this area (Blackfriars, Millennium,
Southwark, London and Tower Bridges). The Square Mile is the
financial and business centre of the country. It includes such
well-known places of interest as St Paul's Cathedral, the Bank of
England, the Mansion House, the Stock Exchange, the Lloyd's
Building, the Monument and the Central Criminal Court (the Old
Yes. We are a separate police force from the Met (they have
their headquarters at New Scotland Yard, home of the famous
revolving sign). The
Service polices all of the Greater London area, except for
the City of London.
We are a Home Office police force like all the others. We have
the same ranks, work to the same regulations, and carry out the
same policing services. The only difference is that our Police
Authority (to whom we are accountable) is the
Corporation of London's Court of Common Council, rather than a
Police Authority consisting of local councillors, magistrates and
independent members as exists for other forces.
We started officially in 1839. But there had been policing in
one form or another in the City of London since Roman times.
How many people work for the City of London
850 police officers and 406 civilian support staff. Civilian
support staff carry out various professional, specialist and
Crime generally is very low. It is mostly thefts carried out in
public places, such as handbags or mobile phones being stolen from
pubs. An overview of local crime is available online at
Because we police the financial and business district of London,
we have expertise in combating fraud. Our Fraud Squad is
world-renowned. The City's international business profile also
makes it a potential target for terrorists (large bombs exploded
here in 1992 and 1993) so we have a wide knowledge of
Every year in November we police the Lord Mayor's Show. And we
are also responsible for the security of everyone who attends State
occasions at the Guildhall and St Paul's Cathedral (the Royal
Family, Heads of State and VIPs). We have also had to deal with
bombs, the train crash at Moorgate in 1975 where 43 City workers
were killed, and the violent demonstrations in 1999.
City of London Police officers have a distinctive red and white
check on their caps (or ladies' hats) and a gold-coloured helmet
plate and gold-coloured buttons.
Always dial 999 in an emergency.
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