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Metropolitan Police Service
Metropolitan Police Force
Flag of Metropolitan Police.svg
Common name The Met
Abbreviation MPS
Motto Working together for a safer London
Agency overview
Formed 29 September, 1829
Preceding agencies
  • Bow Street Runners
  • Marine Police Force
Employees 52,111
Volunteers 797 (and 2,988 special constables)
Annual budget £4.1bn
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Metropolitan Police District, England, UK
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Map of police area
Size 1,578 km2 (609 sq mi)
Population 7.4 million
Legal jurisdiction England & Wales (Northern Ireland and Scotland in limited circumstances)
Governing body Metropolitan Police Authority
Constituting instruments
  • Metropolitan Police Act 1829
  • Metropolitan Police Act 1839
  • Police Act 1996
General nature
  • Civilian police
Operational structure
Overviewed by Independent Police Complaints Commission/Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary
Headquarters New Scotland Yard
Police Constables 36,246 (of which 2,988 are special constables)
Police Community Support Officers 4,521
Agency executive
  • Cressida Dick CBE QPM, Commissioner
Stations 180
Boats 22
Helicopters 3
Dogs 250
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The Metropolitan Police is the name of the police service for the Metropolitan police district of Greater London.

It covers all of London boroughs, except the City of London. It is the largest of the 52 police forces in the United Kingdom. In 2009, it had about 30000 police officers, more than three times the size of the next largest force.

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