- The Metropolitan Police Service, formerly and still commonly the Metropolitan Police, and informally referred to as the Met, is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in Greater London, excluding the "square mile" of the City of London, which is the responsibility of the City of London Police
Metropolitan Police Service facts
- The Met also has significant national responsibilities, such as co-ordinating and leading on counter-terrorism matters and protection of the British Royal Family and senior figures of Her Majesty's Government
- As of October 2011, the Met employed 48,661 full-time personnel
- This included 31,478 sworn police officers, 13,350 non-police staff, and 3,831 non-sworn police community support officers
- This number excludes the 5,479 Special Constables, who work part-time (a minimum of 16 hours a month) and who have the same powers and uniform as their regular colleagues
- This makes the Metropolitan Police the largest police force in the United Kingdom by a significant margin, and one of the biggest in the world
- The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, commonly known simply as the Commissioner, is the overall operational leader of the force, responsible and accountable to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
- The post of Commissioner was first held jointly by Sir Charles Rowan and Sir Richard Mayne
- The post is currently occupied by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
- The Commissioner's subordinate, the Deputy Commissioner, is currently Craig Mackey
- A number of informal names and abbreviations exists for the Metropolitan Police Service, the most common being the Met
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