City of London Police

The City of London Police is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement within the City of London, including the Middle and Inner Temples. The force responsible for law enforcement within the remainder of the London region, outside the City, is the much larger Metropolitan Police Service, a separate organisation. The City of London, which is now primarily a financial business district with a small resident population but a large commuting workforce, is the historic core of London, and has an administrative history distinct from that of the rest of the metropolis, of which its separate police force is one manifestation.

City of London Police
Agency overview
Formed1839; 182 years ago (1839)
Annual budget£134.1m[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionCity of London, England, United Kingdom
Area served by the City of London Police
Size1.1 sq mi / 2.8 km²
Populationapprox 9,400 residents[1]
Legal jurisdictionEngland and Wales
Governing bodyCommon Council of the City of London
Constituting instrument
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed by
Police officers756[1][2]
Police staffs451[1]
Agency executive

The City of London area has a resident population of around 9,400, however there is also a daily influx of approximately 483,000 commuters into the City, along with thousands of tourists.[1]

The police authority is the Common Council of the City, and unlike other territorial forces in England and Wales there is not a police and crime commissioner replacing that police authority by way of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011,[3] but like a police and crime commissioner, the Common Council is elected.

As of 2019, the force had a workforce of 1,207 including 756 full-time police officers and 451 support staff.[1] The force is also supported by much smaller numbers of special constables, police community support officers, and designated officers. The headquarters is located at the Guildhall and there are two additional stations at Bishopsgate and Wood Street.[1] The City of London Police is the smallest territorial police force in England and Wales, both in terms of geographic area and head-count.[4] The current commissioner (equivalent to the chief constable in other forces) since January 2016 is Ian Dyson, who was formerly the force's Assistant Commissioner.[5]