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London Mayor Boris Johnson secures major cash boost for front line policing in historic Scotland Yard sale deal

The Metropolitan Police Service’s world famous New Scotland Yard headquarters has been sold to the Abu Dhabi Financial Group for £370 million in what is the biggest shake-up of the Met’s property estate since the 1960s. Proceeds from the sale are to be invested in cutting-edge technology and a leaner, more modern estate while the Met’s move to a new headquarters – the Curtis Green building on London’s Embankment – is already in progress.

In a landmark deal orchestrated by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the sale secured £120 million more than the guide price and three times what was originally paid for the site freehold back in 2008. Proceeds from the sale will kick-start a major investment opportunity to secure the future of the Metropolitan Police Service, with the funds being used to kit out officers across London with mobile technology such as tablets, smart phones and body cameras, in turn enabling them to spend more time out on the streets. It will also allow much-needed investment in the remaining estate along with modern ICT infrastructure and new software platforms.

New Scotland Yard is also home to many unique artefacts and policing memorabilia dating back to the formation of the Metropolitan Police Service in 1829, none of which are currently on public display. The additional proceeds from the sale mean that a small portion of money raised can be used to relocate this collection to a dedicated museum site, allowing visitors from the UK and around the world to see rare crime artefacts and heritage items that tell the fabulous history of Scotland Yard.

Scotland Yard has been sold in a deal designed to benefit the Metropolitan Police Service but also members of the public

Scotland Yard has been sold in a deal designed to benefit not only the Metropolitan Police Service but also members of the public

Marketed as ‘Ten Broadway’, the 1.7-acre site, 600,000 square foot building attracted intense interest from around the world. In the end there were 11 credible bids with the Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), a multi-billion dollar alternative investment company based in Abu Dhabi, securing the deal.

With a track record of financing major central London developments, including the 1 Palace Street project adjacent to Buckingham Palace, ADFG now plans to create a mixed-use residential development on the site.

The headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service since 1967, the outdated New Scotland Yard building was put on the market by the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) last September for a guide price of £250 million. No longer fit for operational purposes, the proceeds raised by the sale of the building will be used to deliver on the Mayor’s commitment to balance the Met’s budget and keep policing numbers high.

Once redeveloped and sold, the Victoria Street site is projected to yield up to £100,000,000 million in stamp duty receipts for the UK Exchequer.

Radical overhaul of the Met’s estate

The sale is part of an ongoing radical overhaul of the Met’s estate which has so far raised £215 million through the sale of 52 under-used and outdated buildings. When completed in 2016, this restructure will save London’s police force over £60 million in annual running costs – enough to fund 1,000 officers – and will leave behind a smaller, more modern estate including a brand new training facility in Hendon and a world class forensics lab and Control Centre in Lambeth.

As stated, the operational headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service is now on the move to the Curtis Green building on Victoria Embankment. This building is owned by MOPAC and has been empty since late 2011. Currently undergoing a £58 million transformation into a slimmed down headquarters, this relocation alone will save the Met over £6 million per annum in running costs.

London Mayor Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson

Commenting on the deal, Boris Johnson said: “The Metropolitan Police Service has a unique place in history and needs a home that’s fit for the future. However, police budgets are under real pressure. The sale of this underused and outdated building means we can now not only protect that rich heritage, but also fund the new headquarters and kit out bobbies with the latest mobile technology to secure the future of the force. This landmark deal allows us to preserve the past while giving today’s Met a vital cash boost such that our officers can continue to safeguard London and its citizens.”

Stephen Greenhalgh (Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime) added: “This deal shows that we were right to put bobbies before buildings. Only by taking the tough decisions to shrink the Met estate and instead focus resources on the fron tline are we now able to invest in the modern kit and technology the police need to fight crime in the 21st Century. The Scotland Yard sale is a win for everyone. Police officers receive the investment in technology they need, Londoners are afforded the modern, efficient police service they deserve and the public purse benefits from a £100 million windfall from stamp duty, in turn helping to fund our schools and hospitals.”

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service

Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM said: “Police funding continues to be under extreme pressure. We now expect to need to making savings of up to £1.4 billion by the end of the next spending review, including some £600 million which we will have delivered by 2015-2016. This is equivalent to a third of the Met’s original budget so this money is absolutely vital to us. It will allow us to reinvest in our remaining estate and in the technology needed to support our officers as they fight crime and support victims. It’s only with this kind of intelligent investment that we will be able to do more with less.”

The sale of New Scotland Yard was handled by Jones Lang LaSalle. As the home of the Metropolitan Police Service, Scotland Yard has moved several times before – from Whitehall Place to Great Scotland Yard in 1875, to the Norman Shaw building in 1890 and then on to the current building in 1967. This future move therefore marks a return to nearer its founding location.

As mentioned, the freehold of New Scotland Yard was bought in 2008 for £123.5 million and it would have cost in excess of £50 million to bring the building back up to standard.

The Estate Strategy, launched last year, is available at: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime and covers plans for the entire MOPAC estate including police stations, forensic labs, firing ranges, training grounds, horse and dog centres, offices and custody facilities. It draws on the best examples from both the public and private sectors for space efficiency and modern working. Combined with investment in new and refurbished buildings, this will ensure the Met has a modern, well-equipped and efficient estate suitable for current and future policing.

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Counter-terrorism awareness operation launched in London

A major initiative designed to increase awareness of security and counter-terrorism policing in London has been launched today by the Metropolitan Police Service.

The initiative – known as Operation Penna – is the second operation of its kind run by the Met. It involves co-ordinated activity focused on reminding members of the public of the vital role they can play in helping to protect the capital.

Activity will be taking place across all 32 London Boroughs between 13-24 January 2014, with tactics including high visibility patrols around crowded places such as shopping centres and transport hubs.

Officers will be providing detailed, in-depth information and briefings to businesses explaining the ongoing threat from terrorism and what they can do to protect themselves from it.

Operation Penna has been launched at New Scotland Yard

Operation Penna has been launched at New Scotland Yard

Briefings will also be held for officers and staff on every Borough to highlight the key part they play in counter-terrorism policing by providing a link between national expertise and mainstream neighbourhood policing.

Everyone has a role to play

Commander Richard Morris from Specialist Operations said: “Everyone has a role to play in keeping London safe from terrorism. This operation sees specialist officers working closely with neighbourhood officers and communities raising awareness of security in London.”

Morris added: “We want to build on our engagement with communities and businesses in a variety of ways to counter the threat from terrorism. Our aim is to raise awareness and improve protection from a terrorist attack and other crimes.”

In conclusion, Morris commented: “The threat to London from terrorism remains real and serious so we encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert and to report anything suspicious to police.”

The operation is being co-ordinated by Specialist Operations in partnership with local officers across the Met.

Anyone who has any information about unusual activity or behaviour should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

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BSIA South East Business Crime Conference: speaker line-up unveiled

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has now announced the official speaker line-up for its upcoming South East Business Crime Conference, which will be held at Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club on Wednesday 30 October 2013.

The free-to-attend event has been organised by the BSIA with the support of a number of police forces in the South East, and aims to help businesses understand the latest risks facing their operations as well as the security solutions available to help mitigate them.

Doors will open at 9.00 am, when delegates will have the opportunity to browse a number of security solutions at the comprehensive exhibition.

Attendees will also be able to speak with security providers first-hand and identify potential solutions for their specific security challenges.

Katy Bourne: Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex

Katy Bourne: Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex

Katy Bourne, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, will formally open the event at 10.00 am and will be followed by a number of guest speakers.

Impressive array of speakers and subjects

• Roy Smith (New Scotland Yard) will be delivering a talk entitled ‘Police and the Business Community: Equal Partners in the Fight Against Crime?’ Roy will be delivering a Metropolitan Police Service perspective on the ‘Total War on Crime’, discussing the police response to increasing frontline pressures and whether the business community is an equal partner in the fight against crime.

• Lisa Perretta, of the Brighton and Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP), will be speaking about ‘The Business Community and the Fight Against Crime’. The Brighton and Hove BCRP is a partnership-based approach that uses an intelligence gathering and information sharing system to effectively detect and prevent crime and disorder. Lisa will be discussing the ways in which Brighton and Hove BRCP can innovatively and effectively use communications in order to maintain a safer business community.

• Charlie Newman of Littoralis is set to talk about: ‘Linking Local Business Partnerships into a Regional and National Network’. Charlie will look at how individual business crime reduction partnerships come together to play their part in regional and national strategies for monitoring and managing low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

Professor Martin Gill: director of PRCI

Professor Martin Gill: director of PRCI

• Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International’s leader Professor Martin Gill will deliver a presentation entitled: ‘A Police Accreditation Scheme to Protect Your Business: Secured Environments’. Professor Gill has carried out extensive research into business crime by speaking with offenders in prison to discover the ways in which they overcame business security measures. As a result, Martin has been working with the police in order to develop a crime prevention accreditation scheme, and will be explaining how the scheme can help businesses improve their security and obtain a police certificate for generating a secured environment.

Following the conference, delegates will be able to engage in a Question & Answer session followed by a networking lunch.

To register for this free event online visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SEBCC

For more information about the BSIA and its events programme visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk/events

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