With more than 44,000 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:

  • 32,532 Police officers
  • 9,835 Police staff
  • 1,246 Police community support officers
  • 1,866 Special officers

(as of December 2020)

The Met comprises four business groups:

  • Frontline Policing
  • Specialist Operations
  • Met Operations
  • Professionalism

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.