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:
33,212 Police officers
9,837 Police staff
1,207 Police community support officers
1,832 Special officers
(as of 30 November 2021)
The Met comprises four business groups:
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.