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McLaren set to lead City of London

The City of London’s lead on cyber crime is set to become its new Commissioner. Angela McLaren will take over from Ian Dyson.

Another force is getting a female Chief Constable - and it's with the force that protects the UK’s financial heart.

Angela McLaren is set to be appointed as the new City of London Police Commissioner after Ian Dyson retires.

The decision was announced following a meeting of the Court of Common Council at Guildhall and is subject to Royal Assent.

It means 16 Chiefs are now female at UK forces, 15 years after the first. It’s also the second appointment at the top this week after Dorset announced Deputy Chief Constable Scott Chilton as the preferred candidate.

Since December 2020, Ms McLaren has served as Assistant Commissioner for Economic and Cybercrime, a new post covering strategic leadership, and driving the national policing strategy for online fraud and more.

She moved from Police Scotland to take up the role.

AC McLaren had been widely tipped as a contender for the post which has the dual role as both local force for the Square Mile and the National Lead Force for fraud.

She started her career in 1996 and has held previous executive roles in Police Scotland, including the lead for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism, and Intelligence.

Rebuilding public faith in online fraud investigations will be a top priority along with overseeing the force’s move to a shared headquarters in a multi-million pound deal.

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Police Authority Board, James Thomson, said: “She is a hugely experienced officer with a strong background in community policing, tackling national modern-day threats, and leading on strategy.

"Angela possesses a clear vision and an excellent understanding of what is required in leading the force, both, here in the Square Mile, and as National Lead for economic and cybercrime.”

Current Commissioner of the City of London Police, Ian Dyson, said: “I am delighted that Angela has been appointed as the next Commissioner of the City of London Police. With her experience and vision for the future, she is perfectly positioned to lead the force through the next phase in its history.”

He added: “It has been a privilege to lead the City of London Police over the last six years. I am continuously impressed by, and grateful for, the dedication and commitment of each and every person who works for this organisation. They can be truly proud in knowing that what they do makes a huge difference for the people they serve.”

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