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Sir Paul Stephenson’s appointment as Met Commissioner welcomed

Sir Paul Stephenson was announced today as the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Richard Bingley, Executive Director for Security and Policing at London First, welcomed Sir Paul’s appointment.  He said:

“Sir Paul possesses a good balance of substantial London police leadership experience and a wider perspective gained from his time as chief of Lancashire Constabulary. As Deputy Commissioner, his leadership in tackling knife crime, terrorism and working with businesses to improve security and resilience has been outstanding.

“London First is a business group whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. A key factor in making London attractive to global business leaders is how ‘safe’ they perceive it to be. Reducing crime while demonstrating that London is a safer city than many of its global competitors will test the skills of the new Commissioner. The business community will offer him full support in addressing these twin goals.”
London First, which works closely with the Metropolitan Police Service and runs the London-wide Business Security and Resilience Network, identified three top challenges facing the new Commissioner:

1. Working closely with employers and businesses to build preparedness and resilience in the face of global terrorism
2. Tackling and being seen to tackle violent crime, especially knife crime
3. Working with the Home Office to develop a cost-effective and successful 2012 Olympic security strategy


Notes to Editors

1. 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

2. 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 universities as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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