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New initiatives help City of London Police keep people safe this Christmas

  • 28 unnecessary ambulances were cancelled due to CoLP and LAS cycle responders
  • 5,000 members of the public were given important crime prevention advice at our mobile police stations
  • Project Servator teams policed high profile festive events in the City and chatted to the crowds

Over this festive period, the City of London Police launched a dedicated policing operation to help prevent people from becoming victims of crime, with more officers patrolling the Square Mile throughout December than ever before.

London Ambulance Service response bikes

To improve response times to incidents in the Square Mile this Christmas, cycle responders from the City of London Police and the London Ambulance Service joined up to answer emergency 999 calls where people only needed simple medical attention. This was the second year running the triage teams had worked together.

Over a three week period in December, 41 calls were attended by the cycle responders and 28 unnecessary ambulances were cancelled.  Not only did this keep vital police resources on the streets to deal with other incidents, it also helped our colleagues in the NHS keep their hospitals free for those that really needed it.

Mobile Police station

Fully equipped mobile police stations were deployed at key times and locations throughout the City in December with great success.

Our officers engaged with over 5,000 members of the public, providing them with important crime prevention advice on a number of subjects including: how to book cabs safely via an app as opposed to using non pre booked minicabs; what constitutes as sexual consent; fraud, cybercrime and common scams.

They also
handed out 1,000 crime prevention bag hangers which allow people enjoying the City’s bars, pubs and coffee shops to safely hang their bags and coats under their table to keep them out of sight and reach of thieves.

In addition, the mobile police station was used by our Roads Policing Unit as part of an operation to combat unsafe vehicles using the City’s roads and by our Communities team for an operation to support vulnerable homeless persons.

Project Servator

To help prevent crime at the City’s festive attractions, such as Christmas markets and New Year’s Eve fireworks, specialist Project Servator teams were out in force in December.

Our visible police deployments helped reassure the public and ensured the major events in the Square Mile this Christmas passed without incident.

Our uniformed and plain-clothed officers were supported by the full resources of the City of London Police such as our horses and detection dogs, all of whom enjoyed chatting to the crowds and giving out advice. 

Good work to continue

City of London Police Superintendent Bill Duffy, who led this year’s operation, said:


 “Christmas is a wonderful time of year and we have been delighted with the success of our some of our special festive initiatives such as the cycle response bikes and mobile police stations.

“We would like to thank all our partners, local businesses and, most importantly the public, for remaining vigilant and interacting so proactively with our officers.

“We would encourage everyone to continue this attitude into the New Year. Many of us will have received great gifts for Christmas including new bags, phones, and laptops and we should try to do our upmost to keep these safe when out and about in the City.” 

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