Commissioner of Police

City of London Police


Ref: GSe73126

The City of London Corporation looks after and promotes the City of London, the world’s leading international finance and related professional services centre. As the governing body of the Square Mile, we are dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

The City Corporation is also the Police Authority for the City of London Police. The Police Authority’s vision for the City is to make it the safest business district in the world. A secure Square Mile is one of the reasons businesses choose to locate to London and the City. The Police Authority’s vision for the City of London Police is for it to continue to be world leading in its specialisms for protective security in the City, and at a national level for tackling economic crime and cyber security – all vital for the UK’s competitiveness.

We are now recruiting for the Commissioner of the City of London Police to lead and shape the Force for the next five years, ensuring that policing is central to the Square Mile’s role as the world’s leading financial centre and collaborating with the City’s key stakeholders.

You will be a highly effective leader with a flair for strategic thinking, building strong leadership teams, and driving transformational change in a complex organisation. You will also have a collaborative approach to tackling crime, working proactively within policing, across government and with the private sector.

As a proven leader you will inspire and lead your team in providing a high-level policing service to the business and residential communities in the City, as well as on a national stage. Your leadership skills and experience of business transformation should be complemented by a strong focus and commitment to equality, diversity, inclusivity and the policing code of ethics.

You must be able to engage effectively with partners and develop strong working relationships both within the unique environment of the City of London Corporation and beyond. As an ambassador for the City, you will demonstrate an ability to build and maintain a strong network with the business and civic community at the highest level, as well as engage extensively with the media.

The City of London Police is committed to equal opportunities and particularly welcomes applications from female, BAME and other underrepresented groups.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
12 noon - Monday 7th June 2021

w/c 21st June 2021

Final Panel Interviews
Friday 25th June 2021

How to apply

The successful candidate will be selected based on a combination of your video and written application, assessment centre and panel interview.

To apply, please go to our specialist recruitment partner’s site at:  or enter City of London Police or the reference number 73126 in the search function.

Register your details and then submit the following to us no later than noon on 7 June 2021:

  1. A CV setting out your career history, highlighting your key responsibilities and achievements in your current and previous roles;
  2. Answer the specific competency-based questions outlined at a. to d. below. (Written responses should be capped at 400 words per answer and can be submitted in a single document):
    1. What do you consider will be your top 2 opportunities and top 2 challenges if you were successfully appointed as the Commissioner of the City of London Police and why?
    2. What do you consider to be your 3 most significant accomplishments in your current/last post and why?
    3. Please describe how you have worked in or built a successful leadership team, what were the challenges and why that team was successful.
    4. How have you ensured equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded into modern day policing and how can we effect change in this area at pace?

Video submission: Video presentations are an increasingly important way we communicate with our citizens and staff. With this in mind, as part of the application process, please will send us a 2-minute video answering the following question. What attracted you to this role, and why you think you would be the right candidate to lead the City of London Police?

As you know, video files tend to be large and if emailing these to is not possible, there is a range of software available online to enable you to share a link to your file with us. These include things like ‘We Transfer’ or ‘Dropbox’, which are free for this level of use. Please feel free to explore an option that works best for you.

Candidates who submit a CV and covering responses only, without a video submission, run the risk of not being considered further.

For an informal discussion to explore the role and you fit in more detail, please contact Peter Guilder, at GatenbySanderson, on 07545 441 127 or email


  1. FINAL CoLP Commissioner Recruitment Pack -13 May 2021.pdf