Policing the Square Mile brings with it particular challenges, quite unlike any other policing area within the UK. As one of the global financial and professional services powerhouses, its population is richly diverse; almost 400,000 people travel to the City each day to work while approximately 9,000 residents call the City home. It boasts St Paul’s Cathedral, the Barbican, the Museum of London, several universities, schools, and a vibrant shopping and night-time economy.
The City of London is one of the safest cities in the world, which is a testament to the commitment of our police officers. But 2018 saw an in-year rise of 26% crime being reported in the Square Mile. Crime is on the rise across England and Wales. This follows years of government cuts, which are now starting to bite. The City Police of course needs to look at efficient use of current resources, but we also need to look at funding levels to ensure the City remains an attractive place for everyone to work, life and visit. This includes action to address begging.