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Business and police partnerships get big “Oscar Kilo” at celebration event

An Oscars style awards evening at the British Library will today (19 June) celebrate successful collaboration between police and businesses in London. Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of business organisation London First, and Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson will present thank-you awards to seven individuals. Each exemplifies the commitment to cooperation and partnership which has developed between business leaders and the police in the capital.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“Businesses support the work of the police. They want policing characterised by more personal interaction and collaboration. Business leaders want to work with senior police colleagues to design innovative solutions to shared problems. Today’s event is a chance to acknowledge and celebrate where this is already happening. Similar partnerships are emerging all the time, developing out of a shared desire to make London a safer city.”

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson said:

“The MPS has worked for many years with London First, which has provided a valuable insight into the needs of the business community and how the police can respond to them. Today’s event builds on the successful initiatives and collaborations developed by this working relationship. We hope to continue to work with London’s businesses in the future.”

Initiatives being celebrated include:

Leadership exchange scheme, in which management level police and business people form exchange-mentoring relationships.
(Awards presented by Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson to Robert Jenson, General Manager of Royal Mail and Diane McNulty, Lambeth Borough Business Manager, Metropolitan Police Service)

Police secondments, whereby high ranking police personnel will take 6 month interim roles in large business organisations.
(Awards presented by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Roberts to Tony Ramos on behalf of HSBC and Chief Inspector Vas Gopinathan, Metropolitan Police Service)

Campuswatch, whereby special constables are recruited from university students and staff.
(Awards presented by Andrew Campling, General Manager London Regions, BT to Pro Vice Chancellor Mary Watts of City University and Professor Adrian Smith, Principal at Queen Mary University)

Business resilience, promoting best practice in business continuity planning and helping business counter and prepare for major incidents.
(Award presented by Andrew Eddy, Director at Shell and Chair of the London Resilience business group to Richard Flynn of National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO)

Notes to Editors

  1. The awards are kindly sponsored by EDF Energy
  2. London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.
  3. London First delivers its activities with the support of 300 of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent 26% of London’s GDP.”

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