Having our own City of London police force is vital to ensure strong local policing and create a nationwide centre of excellence for financial crime.
However, increasingly the Metropolitan Police are winning the battle to centralize local police units into their own umbrella. They have already taken over many local parks police in London who were responsible for the green spaces in the boroughs. This has upset many local residents who see that their green spaces are less well policed. It is vital that we don’t allow this power grab to extend to the City of London.
The growth of Canary Wharf as an alternative financial sector can also be used by some as an argument that we are no longer such a special case.
Finally, the fact that uniquely in Britain we will not have an elected police commissioner may mean that we may not have the political leadership that is needed to tell the Met to keep their hands off the City of London police.
Matthew wants to provide that leadership for our area and ensure that the Metropolitan Police know how valued the City of London police are by local residents because they are responsive, based locally and answerable to us.