All public authorities are required to provide a publication scheme. The Met Publication Scheme is our way of making sure that information relating to certain categories, known as ‘information classes’, is routinely published. In addition to the information that falls into these categories, the scheme also includes information that we have disclosed in response to freedom of information (FOI) requests. Find out more below about how the Met Publication Scheme works and how to access the information we have published.

What is the Met Publication Scheme for?

The purpose of the Met Publication Scheme is to let you know what information is readily available about the Met and make it simple to obtain.

The scheme allows us to do two crucial things:

  1. Enable the public to understand what information we hold

  2. Make it easy to access the information, either directly or via an FOI request

By law the Publication Scheme must:

  • set out the classes of information which we publish or intend to publish

  • state how we will publish the information in each class

  • state if we will provide the information free or charge for it

How to access MPS information

We routinely publish large volumes of information here on our website, most of which will be available to download straight away. Occasionally, information listed will not be available electronically. In such cases we aim to supply this information within five working days of receiving your request.

You can access Met Publication Scheme information in the following ways:

Online

Visit our published items page to explore all of our published information and disclosures to FOI requests from members of the public. Here you can search for articles by keyword or filter results by information class.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, you can also make an FOI request using our simple online form.

By post or phone

You can request copies of published information using any of the details below.

The Met Publication Scheme coordinator
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

Telephone: 0207 161 3500
 
Met Publication Scheme information is available in a range of languages. To request information in a specific language, please contact the Met Publication Scheme coordinator using the details above.

In person

Copies of Met publications, including the publications list, are available in London’s central libraries. Leaflets outlining the Met Publication Scheme are also available at your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau and on request at any Met Police Station. Find your local Met police station on our Contact us page.

Information classes

The Freedom of Information Act requires us to publish information under certain headings, termed 'classes'. Only information that meets the Act’s definitions and descriptions are placed within the classes.

The information classes are: 

  • Who we are and what we do

  • What we spend and how we spend it

  • What our priorities are and how we are doing

  • How we make decisions

  • Our policies and procedures

  • Lists and registers

  • The services we offer

  • Other information

Copyright and using Met information

Material made available through the scheme is subject to either the Met or third party copyright.

If the material is subject to the Met copyright, you may reproduce any of it free of charge in any format or medium, provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading manner. Where any of the copyright items in the MPS are being republished or copied to others, you must identify the source of the material and acknowledge the copyright status.

Please note, the Met logo is registered at The Patent Office as a trademark and must not be reproduced or used without our prior permission.

If the material is subject to third party copyright, you must obtain authorisation to reproduce such material from the copyright holders concerned.

Material made available through the MPS must not be reproduced, copied or otherwise used for any commercial purposes. Charges will be made where material is intended for commercial publication. Please direct any enquiries relating to the use of material for commercial purposes to:


Metropolitan Police Service
Events & Income Development Unit
7th Floor
Empress State Building
Empress Approach
Lillie Road
London, SW6 1TR

Who is responsible for the Met Publication Scheme? 

The Met Publication Scheme coordinator is responsible for maintaining and developing the scheme. If you have any suggestions, feedback or complaints about the Met Publication Scheme, please call 0207 161 3500 or address them to: 

The Met Publication Scheme coordinator
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

We’re committed to expanding the amount of information in the Met Publication Scheme and ensuring that you can find, request, and receive information easily. We’re also determined that the scheme includes information that is of use to everyone interested in knowing more about the Met’s activity. Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated.

The Publication Scheme is the overall responsibility of the Head of Information Law and security, who can be reached at the following address:

Head of Information Law and Security
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF