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