New City of London Police community partnership initiative


e recently met with Assistant Commissioner Alistair

Sutherland to learn more about the successful pilot of a new City of London Police community partnership initiative.

Bloomberg, the global financial information and technology company, has funded enhanced community policing for the local ward, home to its European headquarters at the heart of the City. Part of Bloomberg’s commitment to support the local community, the partnership aims to improve the policing service for people working and visiting the area.

Starting the day at the local police station, this additional uniformed ward officer then works out of the Bloomberg offices. The officer is available during normal office hours and, in that time, patrols the local ward, provides an interface around any crime issues and carries out normal ward officer duties. In addition, the officer runs crime prevention initiatives and seminars at Bloomberg for the local community.

This community presence enables an immediate response to local incidents. Recently, the officer was on-hand when a shoplifting offence took place and was able to apprehend that perpetrator and bring them into the station very quickly.

This additional officer for the City of London Police is wholly funded by Bloomberg, and AC Sutherland says, “We would like to see this as a project for working that can be replicated across the City. Our number one ambition is to be the safest city area in the world. We cannot do that on our own, it has to be a joint effort: police, public and business working in partnership.”

AC Sutherland went on to explain the significance of this initiative for other areas in the City. “The huge development taking place in the City, particularly the eastern cluster, means we are expecting a further 75,000 people per day over the next three years, on top of the 515,000 currently. That is a significant additional challenge for us to police and this gives a better opportunity to be visible, to prevent crime and provide reassurance.”

This is just the beginning. AC Sutherland says, “Like never before, we are opening ourselves up for much more partnership and joint

working, being part of community.” To further explain these new plans as they unfold in 2020, the Assistant Commissioner has agreed to a regular column in City Security magazine.

Project Servator policing tactic goes international


019 is the year that Project Servator – the cutting-edge

policing tactic developed by the City of London Police – went international.

In September, New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF), in Australia, adopted the tactic, which aims to disrupt the information- gathering criminals need to do to help them plan and carry out a range of criminal activity, including terrorism.

NSWPF became the first police force outside UK policing to adopt Project Servator following a successful trial in Sydney city centre earlier in the year. During the four-month trial, Project Servator officers detected various offences, including breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders (orders made to protect victims of domestic violence when they are fearful of future violence or threats), possession of prohibited weapons, knives, and drugs in public places and transport-related offences.

The number of UK police forces adopting Project Servator has continued to grow, with new trials of the tactics under way in Cheshire, Staffordshire, Norfolk, Devon and Cornwall, and Northern Ireland. There are now 22 UK police forces involved in Project Servator.

The approach also continues to disrupt criminal activity in and around airports, with over half of the UK’s major airports working

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with law enforcement colleagues to enhance existing security measures.

A vital part of Project Servator is encouraging members of the public to be the police’s eyes and ears and report anything that doesn’t feel right. This year, Project Servator officers carrying out highly visible yet unpredictable deployments across the UK spoke with more than 150,000 people to encourage them to be part of the collective effort to keep people safe. Alongside this, businesses have pledged their support and signed up for extra training to provide their staff with the knowledge they need to help keep their sites and communities safe.

Looking ahead to 2020, Project Servator is expected to continue to expand across UK policing and possibly further afield, with a number of overseas police forces expressing interest. Following a busy summer there will continue to be a focus on using Project Servator to enhance security at crowded places and major events. Specially trained officers were deployed at a number of events, including D-Day 75 commemorations; Edinburgh Festivals; Tour de Yorkshire; Open golf championship at Portrush; Netball World Cup in Liverpool; Gibraltar 2019 Natwest International Island Games; Royal Highland Show; Wimbledon and Queen’s Club tennis championships; and many Pride events and music festivals and concerts.

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