Following almost two years of COVID-19 restrictions, many people are looking forward to enjoying all that the festive season will bring. If you’re celebrating in the City of London or simply spending time here during December, the City of London Police is here to help keep you safe.
You can expect to see uniformed police officers day and night. They will be on hand to prevent crime and provide help and reassurance. They will be supported by plain clothes officers and our mounted and dog units, all working together to help keep people safe during the festive season.
A number of safety initiatives are running throughout December and the new year, complemented by police activity, including:
Night safety hubs
Night safety hubs are a new safe space at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Church, London EC2M 3TL. Operating in partnership with the City of London Corporation, St John Ambulance and Victim Support. The hub will be a sanctuary for everyone, but especially women, who need advice, support or medical attention, or would like to report a crime. The hub will be open at the following times:
10pm on Friday 26 November - 6am Saturday 27 November
10pm on Saturday 27 November - 6am Sunday 28 November
10pm on Thursday 2 December - 6am Friday 3 December
10pm on Friday 3 December - 6am Saturday 4 December
10pm on Saturday 4 December - 6am Sunday 5 December
10pm on Thursday 9 December - 6am Friday 10 December
10pm on Friday 10 December - 6am Saturday 11 December
10pm on Saturday 11 December - 6am Sunday 12 December
10pm on Thursday 16 December - 6am Friday 17 December
10pm on Friday 17 December - 6am Saturday 18 December
10pm on Saturday 18 December - 6am Sunday 19 December
10pm on Thursday 23 December - 6am Friday 24 December
10pm on Thursday 30 December - 6am Friday 31 December
10pm on Friday 31 December - 6am Saturday January 2022
Street Safe, an online tool which allows you to report locations where you feel or have felt unsafe in the City. We will use this data to pinpoint hotspots that may need an increased police presence, ensuring officers are in the right place at the right time.
Ask for Angela
Ask For Angela, an initiative that provides you with a phrase you can use to get help from staff if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in licensed premises, such as bars and clubs. We have been working with licensees across the City to build relationships with staff, and provide information and training to help keep customers safe.
Safer Together - working with other organisations
Joint working with British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police Service to help keep you safe on public transport and in and around transport hubs.
Police patrols in and around licensed premises to identify individuals who pose a risk, and take action to reduce the opportunity for violence to happen.
Dispersal zones targeting antisocial behaviour.
Increased police patrols in busy places, such a shopping areas and transport hubs, using uniformed and plain clothes officers and a range of other police resources. The threat from terrorism is ’severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely. We will be reminding everyone to stay alert, trust their instincts and report anything that doesn’t look right.
These initiatives combined will form Operation Illuminate, our plan to help everyone in the City have a safe festive season.