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City of London Police

City of London Police provides policing services specifically to the City of London. It has a number of national obligations that concern economic crime. The police force area covers just over one square miles in the heart of London. Its small resident population of 9,000 is affluent, as well as ethnically diverse, with 21 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The population is dramatically increased to about 0.4 million people who commute into the area to work, visit or socialise. Providing services across the entirety of the force area is helped by the size of the force and the good transport system, which includes major rail stations and public transport hubs.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Matt Parr is HMI for City of London
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s National region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which City of London Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which City of London Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which City of London Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which City of London Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of City of London Police’s performance this year, including significant events and where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in City of London

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.

Key facts

Force Area

1 square mile


0.32m people - transient population


74% frontline 78% national level
3.7 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
5% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.01 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


62p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

City of London PCC

doug-barrow-chairman-police-committee-city-of-londonChair of the Police Committee for the City of London, Doug Barrow

City of London Police


Commissioner Ian Dyson, appointed in January 2016

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