About Metropolitan Police
Working for the Met doesn’t have to mean patrolling the streets. Just as important as our uniformed officers is our 14,000-strong team of professional and support staff working behind the scenes. It’s these skilled people who provide the organisational capability to police London.
Founded by Sir Robert Peel in 1829, the Metropolitan Police Service (the Met) is one of the oldest police services in the world. From the beginning, the purpose of the Met has been to serve and protect the people of London by providing a professional police service. This remains our purpose. Our vision is to make London the safest global city, a city in which people are free to be themselves, express themselves and flourish. We strive to earn the trust and confidence of every community and take pride in the quality of our service so that people love, respect and are proud of London’s Metropolitan Police. The Met is responsible for maintaining the peace and is accountable in law for the exercise of policing powers, and to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) for the delivery of efficient and effective policing, management of resources and expenditure. At all times the Commissioner and her officers remain operationally independent, in the service of the public. The Met ‘New Scotland Yard’ is internationally recognised for its history, law enforcement and skills in fighting crime, however a constantly changing city needs an accessible police service which reflects and understands the people it serves. It needs an effective police service equipped for the 21st century with a visible service which every day continues to earn the trust and confidence of Londoners. Today, the Met is made up of more than 39,000 officers and staff, plus thousands of volunteers; we are one of the largest employers in London and the South East of England. The territory we serve covers 620 square miles and is home to over 8.6 million people. The Met is the UK’s largest police service and has 25% of the total police budget for England and Wales. We’re proud that the Met is seen as a world leader in policing. The ‘Scotland Yard’ brand is known around the world as a symbol of quality investigation and traditional values of policing. Thanks to this reputation, our services are highly sought after, either through using our officers and staff in operational matters or by training others and giving them the opportunity to learn from our experiences.