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Leadership Exchange joint mentoring scheme relaunched (24 June 2010)

Business leaders and senior police officers across London and the UK will be sharing their knowledge and expertise after business organisation, London First, extended its leadership mentoring scheme to include three police forces.

The scheme, which has been running since 2001, was today re-launched at Tate Modern, to include the City of London Police and the British Transport Police. Previously, the Metropolitan Police service had been the only force on the scheme.

The scheme allows senior police officers and business leaders to exchange expertise on leadership and management issues, and provides a confidential sounding board and fresh insight into some of the challenges faced by those taking part.

London First, which facilitates the scheme, matches leaders from different organisations according to development needs and skills. So far, 400 people have taken part.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“London’s success depends on its ability to attract businesses and talented individuals from around the world. Crucial to London’s international standing is its safe working environment, as epitomised by the iconic British “bobby”. London First created Leadership Exchange as part of its wider mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. I am delighted that the scheme brings together highly capable people, from police and business, to share their knowledge and experience to the benefit of our city.”

Sir Paul Stephenson, Commissioner, Metropolitan Police, said:

“This innovative partnership continues to strengthen the relationship between the police and business communities across London. The ethos of the Metropolitan Police Service is to work with London’s communities, visitors and businesses and the London First joint mentoring scheme is an effective and practical application of this. There is an enormous benefit of sharing knowledge and experience among police and business leaders that I hope will lead to creative and innovative solutions that make London safer.”

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