City of London Police are to use “unpredictable, high impact deployments” as part of range of new measures to deter hostile reconnaissance and criminal activity in the Square Mile.
The changes are a major departure from the current ‘ring of steel’ which sees officers monitor traffic entering the Square Mile by staffing the entry points and through CCTV and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) software.
Instead officers will have “a larger and more visible presence” on the streets.
In a message to residents and workers, the force says: “Instead of lone officers assigned to some of the entry points at predictable times, you’ll see more unpredictable, high impact deployments both on the entry points and in the City. For example, you may see relatively small deployments with a few officers to much larger operations with a mix of cars, motorcyclists, dogs and other measures.
“You’ll also see a refresh and revamp of the entry points to make them more visible and an increased police presence that can happen anywhere across the City at anytime.”
The new measures will be trialled throughout November and December at selected locations within the City, if successful they’ll be rolled out across the whole of the Square Mile.