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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 8.7 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.

Read more about this area

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

Contact Matt Parr

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS 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.




Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

606 square miles


8.95m people
up13% local 10 yr change


93% frontline police officers
92% national level
4.80 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down18% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.09 per person
0.07 national level
up29% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


85p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Metropolitan PCC

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Sophie Linden


Metropolitan Police Service

Commissioner Cressida Dick DBE, QPM, appointed in April 2017