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 that provides strategic services covering People and Change, Commercial and Finance, Legal, Media and Communications, Strategy and 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.