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Sir Ian Blair resignation – London First comment

Baroness Jo Valentine is Chief Executive of business group London First, which has developed an innovative mentoring scheme between senior police officers and business leaders, and has commissioned joint research into policing strategies for business districts.  She said:

“Sir Ian’s reign should be judged in terms of the change in crime levels in our capital. Recorded crime overall is down and even the more stubborn violent offences are no longer rising. He has also been highly effective in securing extra police resources for the capital. He has spearheaded cultural change, encouraging more accountable and visible neighbourhood policing and working more closely with business and community leaders.”

“For Sir Ian’s successor and the Metropolitan Police Authority, now chaired by the Mayor, the challenge is to address the capital’s high crime anxiety. Despite our capital remaining one of the world’s safest cities, Londoners remain worried about their personal security. And of course business and the whole community need to remain vigilant in the face of a persisting threat of terrorism. We put a great deal of trust in the Met and national agencies to reduce our vulnerability and improve our ability to recover from atrocities such as 7/7. The new Commissioner must provide the leadership and secure appropriate resources which can deliver resilience.”

– ENDS  –

Note to Editors
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 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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