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Metropolitan Police Service

The Metropolitan Police Service provides policing services to Greater London. The police force area covers 607 square miles in the south east of England. Although there are areas of acute deprivation within the force area there are also areas of extreme affluence. Around 8.5 million people live in a predominantly urban setting. The force covers the urban conurbation of Greater London, including the City of Westminster. The resident population is ethnically very diverse, with 40 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by a very large number of university students and the very large numbers who visit, socialise in, commute into, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations, public transport hubs and major airports.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Matt Parr is HMI for the Metropolitan Police Service
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s National region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which the Metropolitan Police Service keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which the Metropolitan Police Service is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which the Metropolitan Police Service is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which the Metropolitan Police Service is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of the Metropolitan Police Service’s performance this year, including exceptional events and where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in the Metropolitan Police Service

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.






Key facts

Force Area

607 square miles


8.53m people 15% local 10 yr change


81% frontline 78% national level
5.3 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
14% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend National 5 year trend (no change)


87p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

MOPAC is the strategic oversight body that sets the direction and budget for the Metropolitan Police Service on behalf of the Mayor. It ensures the Metropolitan Police Service is run efficiently and effectively and holds it, and other criminal justice services, to account on behalf of Londoners.

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As well as setting the direction and budget for the MPS, MOPAC sets targets, scrutinises police performance and commissions selected services on behalf of the Mayor.

In the Policing and Crime Plan, MOPAC challenged the Met police to achieve the below in order to achieve the overall mission and priorities set out.

  • 20% reduction in key neighbourhood crimes
  • 20% increase in public confidence in the police
  • 20% saving in costs

There are separate 20.20.20 Challenges for the criminal justice system to bring swifter, surer, fairer justice to Londoners.

  • 20% reduction in court delays
  • 20% increase in compliance with court orders
  • 20% reduction in reoffending by young people

Metropolitan PCC

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Sophie Linden


Metropolitan Police Service


Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM, appointed in September 2011