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The City of London Corporation is the organisation that supports and promotes the Square Mile and the businesses within it. It maintains its heritage through a variety local government and non-local government functions, making it a unique organisation. The City of London Corporation is run through the Court of Common Council – its main decision making body – which is presided over by the Lord Mayor.
The Court is made up of Aldermen and Common Councilmen who are elected from the City’s 25 wards to represent both residents’ and business interests of the City of London. The Court operates on a non-party-political basis and meets monthly to consider issues affecting local residents and workers.
The police authority and the Police Committee
The Court of Common Council is defined as the 'police authority' for the City of London Police area in accordance with the provisions of the City of London Police Act 1839 and the Police Act 1996.
Thus, the City Corporation provides policing governance for the City of London Police, ie it is a 'local policing body' whose job is to:
make sure the City of London Police runs an effective and efficient service by holding the Commissioner to account
ensure value for money in the way the police is run
set policing priorities taking into account the views of the community
The Police Committee meets eight times a year to scrutinise the work of the City of London Police. Part of the Police Committee meeting is held in public.
Other City Corporation committees, such as the Audit and Risk Management Committee, complement this scrutiny function and secure value for money in all aspects of police work.
Ultimately our local communities decide how the Square Mile is policed. Both the City Corporation and the City Police organise regular events to engage with residents and businesses in the City and obtain views on what our local policing priorities should be.
To achieve outcomes that matter to local people, the City Corporation is able to draw from expertise in the wide-ranging areas of services it provides and establish effective and strong partnership working.
41 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected across England and Wales on the 15th November 2012. The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing.
The introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners did not apply to the City of London, although a decision was taken to strengthen the City’s own structures for policing governance in the light of the changes took place elsewhere and in recognition of the increased demands on the City’s role as a police authority.