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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.

Read more about this area

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

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HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS 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.

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1 square mile


0.431m people - workday population


83% frontline police officers
92% national level
2.79 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down1% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.02 per person
0.07 national level
up58% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


53p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

City of London PCC

Chair of the Police Authority Board for the City of London, James Thomas

City of London Police

Commissioner Ian Dyson, appointed in January 2016

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