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PEEL Assessment

At just over one square mile, the City of London represents the smallest territorial force area in the country. However, its historic, cultural and national economic importance brings with it unique challenges. Unlike other forces, the City of London does not have a Police and Crime Commissioner, instead it is held to account by a Police Committee of democratically elected members of the Court of Common Council and two independent members. [1]

The City’s small residential population of just over 10,000 swells each day to over 400,000 people, working predominantly in professional finance industries (insurance, legal, banking) and increasingly the service industries as a result of a vibrant night-time economy and an expanding number of shops, restaurants and bars. [2]

The force balances national obligations (it leads on the country’s response to economic crime) with local concerns, resulting in a broad range of policing priorities, from counter terrorism and public order to road safety and tackling antisocial behaviour. As National Lead Force for economic crime the force is home to Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Additionally, it maintains funded units dedicated to tackling insurance fraud and intellectual property crime. [3]

Compared to 2010/11 the force has reduced its officer numbers by 14% and its support staff by 1%, whilst increasing the number of officers on the front line by 6.6 percentage points. Crime levels in the City of London have always been low compared to other areas; however, despite the sizeable reduction in the number of officers and PCSOs, the force has still managed to reduce crime levels by 9% compared to 2010/11. [4]

The force made required savings over the term of the comprehensive spending review of £9.5m [5] , reflecting its reduced operating budget. Its ongoing budget challenge is to bridge a £13.1m funding gap over the medium term. [6]

[1] City of London Corporation website – how we work & Policing Plan 2014-17
[2] City of London Corporation website – key facts
[3] City of London Policing Plan 2014-17
[4] HMIC – Responding to Austerity report July 2014
[5] HMIC – Response to the Funding Challenge 2013
[6​] HMIC - Responding to Austerity report July 2014 ​​​​​