The City of London Crime Prevention Association (CoLCPA) has been in existence for more than forty years and facilitates a network of like-minded security professionals. It is a partnership between the City of London Police, the wider security community and all those involved with safety, security and emergency response.
This unique association offers monthly meetings with a varied and interesting programme. Each meeting includes the latest terrorism and crime updates, as well as information on other threats and risks and the appropriate measures to mitigate these.
The CoLCPA is a registered charity and provides financial support to a number of crime prevention projects.
Membership of the CoLCPA is open to organisations and individuals with an interest or involvement in improving safety and security for their organisation or community. Our current membership includes people from a range of organisations including financial, retail, managing agents, and hospitality.
The members of the CoLCPA are integral to its success and their continuing support is vital.
Working in partnership
The CoLCPA works in partnership with all sections of the safety and security community, business and with residents.
An important part of the CoLCPA is to instigate and support crime prevention initiatives. We have been instrumental in the start-up and development of both the CSSC (Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications) and the Building Security Accreditation schemes.
We are extremely grateful to the City of London Police for their continued support, as we equally are to all other police services, organisations and friends of the Association.
In the latter part of the 1970s, it was recognised that communities should be enlisted in the fight against crime, and that the police alone could not – and indeed should not – be the sole participants in this struggle.
This view secured widespread support and culminated in a Government initiative to encourage the creation of crime prevention panels where representatives from both the community and police could meet to discuss local crime problems and work towards joint solutions to those problems.
The resident population of the City of London is very small due to the concentration of business offices within the City. As a result, the pattern of crime is unique. Street crime is low in comparison with other city centres. The vast majority of the City community is employed within the financial services sector and the main area of concern is “business crime,” involving fraud related to complex and sophisticated business systems.
Three Crime Prevention Associations
Given this unique set of circumstances, in 1978 the City of London responded by establishing three Crime Prevention Associations, (CPA) each closely aligned to one of the existing Police Divisions (at Snow Hill, Wood Street and Bishopsgate).
Each Association had a strong sense of identity and this was reflected both in their close relationships with the divisional police stations and their respective members.
Under the police restructuring in the 1980s, the CoL Police reduced its Divisions from three to two but the three CPAs elected to retain their original identities.
The Crime and Disorder Act of 1998
The Crime and Disorder Act of 1998 placed unprecedented emphasis on both the role and the importance of crime prevention partnerships between the police and communities.
It was about this time that the three CPAs began to consider the possibility of establishing one City CPA. It was not until around 2003 that this initiative came to fruition when the Wood Street Crime Prevention Association and the Bishopsgate Crime Prevention Association amalgamated to form the City of London Crime Prevention Association (CoLCPA)
A unique Association
The CoLCPA is as unique as the City of London itself. We provide the City Police and the community we serve with an invaluable communication network. The concerns of CPA members reflect the needs and priorities of the City Police and vice versa. Over the years, our joint initiatives have achieved a great deal in tackling new crime risks as well as maintaining vigilance around more traditional problems.