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Response to Government plans to streamline policing

London’s business community is calling for less police red tape and a more visible policing presence following today’s publication of Government plans to streamline policing in the wake of an official review by Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

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

“By and large, the Police do a magnificent job, but urgently need their hands untying.  What London’s businesses and residents are most concerned with is whether these plans will deliver real change on the ground for the Police, and soon. The effectiveness of recent record police numbers risks being neutered by unnecessary bureaucracy.”

London First has long campaigned for a more effective and visible police presence across London.  A consultation with leading employers last year found that London businesses were becoming less likely to report crime due to concerns over policing responsiveness.

In London First’s 2007 ‘Consultation with Business on Crime and Policing’, fear of terrorism, burglary, public transport safety and anti-social behaviour were the greatest concerns for London’s leading employers.  At one point, the report found: ‘Many businesses have stopped reporting crime, therefore the crime picture is not reflecting the reality’.

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Notes to Editors 

Copies of London First’s ‘Consultation with Business on Crime and Policing’ are available upon request

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 mobilises 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

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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