James Hart

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Person.png James Hart  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(policeman, “terror expert”)
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Alma materRoyal Naval College Greenwich, Police Staff College Bramshill, City University (London), FBI National Executive Institute
Interestscounter terrorism
Commissioner of the City of London Police 2002-2006

Employment.png Commissioner of the City of London Police

In office
June 2002 - June 2006
Succeeded byMike Bowron

James Maurice Hart was Commissioner of the City of London Police between June 2002 and June 2006.


He was Chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers' "Economic Crime" portfolio and a regular public speaker on matters relating to economic crime and counter terrorism. He has completed the Government Cabinet Office 'Top Management' programme and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute.

Prior to joining the City of London Police as Assistant Commissioner in 1998, his previous police service was with the Surrey and Metropolitan Police Services, and included extensive and varied operational experience in senior posts at Heathrow Airport and Notting Hill, with divisional command positions at Wandsworth and the Diplomatic Protection Group.

Warrantless searches

During 2004-5, a total of 44,161 people in the City of London were stopped under Section One legislation, which requires police to have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. Officers also stopped 7,728 people under Section 44 terrorism powers. The force received only two complaints alleging inappropriate use of powers, maybe indicating a perceived futility of complaining.

Commissioner Hart said: "Stop and Search powers are a vital weapon in City of London Police's fight against crime. For example, more than a third of arrests within the City of London during 2004-5 resulted from the use of Section One powers."[1]


Event Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201422 January 201425 January 2014Switzerland2604 guests in Davos considered "Reshaping The World"