About the Metropolitan Police Service
The Metropolitan Police Service is famed around the world and has a unique place in the history of policing. It is by far the largest of the police services that operate in greater London (the others include the City of London Police and the British Transport Police). The Royal Parks Constabulary have now become part of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Founded by Sir Robert Peel in 1829, the original establishment of 1,000 officers policed a seven-mile radius from Charing Cross and a population of less than 2 million.
Today, the Metropolitan Police Service employs around 31,000 officers together
with about 13,000 police staff and 2,600 Police Community Support Officers
(PCSOs). The MPS is also being supported by more than 5,100 volunteer police
officers in the Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) and its Employer
Supported Policing (ESP) programme. The Metropolitan Police Services covers
an area of 620 square miles and a population of 7.2 million.
Pages in this section
- Annual Report
- Badges of rank
- Crime Museum
- Diversity strategy
- Equalities Scheme
- Policing London Strategy and Plans