Lloyd’s Partners with London Police

January 29, 2004

“East London Bobbies will be experiencing the world of brief cases and pin-striped suits as part of a new mentoring scheme,” said a bulletin from Lloyd’s.

Senior police officers from Tower Hamlets will join Lloyd’s executives in a groundbreaking new six-month partnership. The program was launched last night, at Bethnal Green Police Station, by the Lloyd’s Community Programme and the East London Business Alliance (ELBA).

The partnership will involve 13 high level figures in the Lloyd’s market, who have volunteered to help 13 senior police officers develop their skills in business planning, change management and financial planning. The volunteers include several CEOs, Chairmen, and senior executives from leading Lloyd’s syndicates.

Paul Swain, Chairman of the Lloyd’s Community Programme, stated: “We are delighted that the Lloyd’s Community Programme was invited to be involved in such a worthwhile project. There is so much interest in the project, both from people in the Lloyd’s market and other East London police forces that we hope to be able to extend the programme to other boroughs in the coming months.”

Mark Simmons, Borough Commander, Tower Hamlets Police, explained why the program will help his officers. “We identified that senior officers’ remits were expanding to include managing budgets and a larger staff base, therefore there was a need to equip them with appropriate business skills,” he noted. “So, we are delighted that Lloyd’s have agreed to help us find a solution through ELBA’s mentoring programme. I have a very experienced and committed senior team here in Tower Hamlets, who are achieving great results. Through this partnership, I want to ensure that all members of the team have as much support and expertise available to them as possible.”

Tower Hamlets, according to Lloyd’s announcement, “is one of the most challenging boroughs in the country for the police. There is a high volume of crime in the area, in particular street, vehicle and violent crimes. In addition, the force has to deal with an increasing amount of counter-terrorism work due to its close proximity to the City [London’s financial heart].”

Lloyd’s Community Program seeks to encourage corporate members of the wider Lloyd’s community to become involved in activities that seek to improve the opportunities and environment of the people of Tower Hamlets and neighboring East London boroughs. Liam Kane, ELBA Chief Executive, commented: “This is a wonderful example of innovative partnerships between business and the public sector, bringing improvements in local communities – it’s exactly what we are keen to encourage.”

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