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Pan-London Resilience

The City of London Police actively participates in emergency and resilience planning not only at the local level, but also at the pan-London one.

The London local resilience area is based on the police force areas of the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service. A single pan-London forum – the London Resilience Forum (LRF) – is responsible for emergency planning in London at the strategic level. The LRF is chaired by the Mayor of London with attendees at its meetings drawn from the senior officers of those organisations in London that would be involved in an emergency response in the capital, such as the emergency service and local authorities. The City of London Police is represented by the Force’s Commissioner at these meetings.

The Secretariat for the LRF is provided by the London Resilience Team (LRT). Based at City Hall, the LRT is responsible for assessing the risks to London and developing the city’s response to any emergencies ranging from a terrorist attack to flooding. Its mission statement is to ensure that in the event of an emergency, “the response from all concerned will be quick and effective, with the result that lives are saved, and the impact on property and the environment is minimized”. The City of London Police’s representative on the LRT is a member of the force’s Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Team.

On a more local level, the Force works closely with its colleagues from the emergency services and the
City of London Corporation to ensure a sound mutual understanding of each other’s responsibilities and procedures and to share information.

The City of London Police’s Emergency Planning and Business Continuity team is currently forward planning to ensure that the Force remains ready to meet, at a local and pan-London level, any challenges or new requirements flowing from the ongoing review of civil contingencies legislation. ​​​​