With more than 43,000 officers and staff, the Met is the UK's largest police service and has 25% of the total police budget for England and Wales. As such, it requires considered structure and division of disciplines and skills; with the aim of maintaining a finely-tuned, cohesive organisation.

The structure of the Met

Here’s how our personnel are divided up within the various departments of the Met:

  • 31,075 officers
  • 8,732 police staff
  • 1,464 Police community support officers
  • 2,763 Special constables

(as of January 2017)

The Met comprises four business groups:

  • Territorial Policing: Responsible for day-to-day local policing across London.
  • Specialist Crime and Operations: Responsible for a variety of specialist policing services
  • Specialist Operations: Responsible for protection and counter-terrorism.
  • Professionalism: Responsible for ensuring we operate ethically and to the highest standards.

These are supported by a single Met HQ which provides strategic services covering People and Change, Commercial and Finance, Legal, Media and Communications, Strategy & Governance and Digital Policing.

Shared Support Services then provide transactional and support services including finance and reporting, hire to retire, career transition/awards, procurement, referencing and vetting.