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POLICING LONDON

London is a unique city that provides a unique set of policing challenges. This means that the Met is involved in a range of operations and activities on a scale that you wouldn't necessarily find elsewhere.

This infographic gives you just a taste of the challenges we face every day and a few examples of some of the areas of the Met you could become involved in after your two-year probationary period as a Police Constable.


  • POPULATION + DIVERSITY

    Met Police - The Met, Population

    London presents a number of complex policing challenges. Forging close relationships and understanding the issues within London's communities is essential and that's why it's vital we have a workforce made up of all of London's communities.

    Correct as of October 2015


  • POPULATION + DIVERSITY

    Met Police - The Met, Population

    We serve millions of people through a team of nearly 50,000 including 30,000 police officers. Making us one of London's largest employers. Many staff are registered as having specialist language skills, because of their family background, experience or education.

    Correct as of October 2015


  • TRANSPORT

    Met Police - The Met, Transport

    Our officers and staff work in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to reduce crime, collisions and congestion in London. We also have a diverse fleet of over 5000 vehicles, ranging from pedal cycles to patrol & response vehicles, motorcycles and boats.

    Correct as of October 2015


  • ENVIRONMENT

    Met Police - The Met, Environment

    The Royal Parks Operational Command Unit provides 24-hour coverage to the Royal Parks, Gardens and other open spaces within the Met's district in excess of 6,000 acres.

    Correct as of October 2015


  • THE MET

    Met Police - The Met, Calls

    1.5 million Calls are 999 emergencies
    and 3 million are 101 calls

    Correct as of October 2015


  • SOCIAL LONDON

    Met Police - The Met, Social London

    Social Media is a great way for the Met to communicate with Londoners and keep them up to date with what the Met is doing in their local communities.

    Correct as of October 2015


  • THE MET

    Met Police - The Met, Dogs

    Our Police Dog Units play a vital role in searching for suspects and missing people - and for detecting drugs, cash, explosives and weapons. They are also a big help in chasing and detaining suspects - and stopping fights and anti-social behaviour. We have 105 police horses and 137 police riders, based in 8 locations.

    Correct as of October 2015


  • SPORTING EVENTS, FESTIVALS & MUSIC

    Met Police - The Met, Sporting Events, Festivals & Music

    Many of the UK's most popular events take place right here in London, including Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest street party. 1 in 3 of our team police the Notting Hill Carnival each year. Whenever there's a big date in the calendar, you'll find Met officers at the heart of the action We're a reassuring presence in the crowd - the people working hard to keep everyone safe.

    Correct as of October 2015


  • SPORTING EVENTS, FESTIVALS & MUSIC

    Met Police - The Met, Marathon

    Around 36,000 runners take part in the London Marathon each year with 750,000 spectators lining the route and 665 police officers ensuring everyone's safety.

    Correct as of October 2015


  • MUSEUMS, ART GALLERIES & LISTED BUILDINGS

    Met Police - The Met, Museums, Art Galleries & Listed Buildings

    London is the world's most popular tourist destination. People come from all over the country and the globe to the capital for its heritage, arts and cultural scene - there were more than 17 million visitors last year.

    Correct as of October 2015

  • Population & Diversity
    Met Police - The Met, Population

    London presents a number of complex policing challenges. Forging close relationships and understanding the issues within London's communities is essential and that's why it's vital we have a workforce made up of all of London's communities.

    Met Police - The Met, Population

    We serve millions of people through a team of nearly 50,000 including 30,000 police officers. Making us one of London's largest employers. Many staff are registered as having specialist language skills, because of their family background, experience or education.

    Correct as of October 2015

  • Transport
    Met Police - The Met, Transport

    More than 2,300 Police and PCSOs work closely with Transport for London (TfL) to reduce crime, collisions and congestion. We have 6,500 police patrol cars, and motorcycles in service as well as 3 helicopters and Marine Support vessels.

    Correct as of October 2015

  • Environment
    Met Police - The Met, Environment

    The Royal Parks Operational Command Unit provides 24-hour coverage to the Royal Parks, Gardens and other open spaces within the Met's district in excess of 6,000 acres.

    Correct as of October 2015

  • Calls
    Met Police - The Met, Calls

    1.5 million Calls are 999 emergencies
    and 3 million are 101 calls

    Correct as of October 2015

  • Social London
    Met Police - The Met, Social London

    Social Media is a great way for the Met to communicate with Londoners and keep them up to date with what the Met is doing in their local communities.

    Correct as of October 2015

  • Police Dogs
    Met Police - The Met, Dogs

    Our Police Dog Units play a vital role in searching for suspects and missing people - and for detecting drugs, cash, explosives and weapons. They are also a big help in chasing and detaining suspects - and stopping fights and anti-social behaviour. We have 105 police horses and 135 police riders, based in 8 locations.

    Correct as of April 2015

  • Sporting Events, Festivals & Music
    Met Police - The Met, Sporting Events, Festivals & Music

    Many of the UK's most popular events take place right here in London, including Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest street party. 1 in 3 of our team police the Notting Hill Carnival each year. Whenever there's a big date in the calendar, you'll find Met officers at the heart of the action We're a reassuring presence in the crowd - the people working hard to keep everyone safe.

    Met Police - The Met, Marathon

    Around 36,000 runners take part in the London Marathon each year with 750,000 spectators lining the route and 665 police officers ensuring everyone's safety.

    Correct as of October 2015

  • Museums, Art Galleries & Listed Buildings
    Met Police - The Met, Museums, Art Galleries & Listed Buildings

    London is the world's most popular tourist destination. People come from all over the country and the globe to the capital for its heritage, arts and cultural scene - there were more than 17 million visitors last year.

    Correct as of October 2015

Technology to protect Londoners

Crime in a major city like London is constantly changing, especially with the rapid advance in technology. That's why we're always looking at new and innovative ways to tackle crime and stay one step ahead of criminals.

Increasingly, our officers are using technology as part of their everyday working life. We use iPads and computers for case file preparation, and as well as being IT literate, we expect our new recruits to have a good level of typing skills. We'll assess this during your initial police training, and if you need a little extra help we'll organise some additional training.

Crucially, we're making a £multi-million investment in the latest technologies to support our officers. In fact, we're creating the UK's first truly digital police service. The technical innovations we're introducing will save our officers valuable time and help us to save costs. Some of our most exciting developments include:

  • More Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras are helping us to catch uninsured drivers - between October 2011 and May 2014 we seized 98,000 vehicles that were uninsured or being driven outside the terms of a licence.
  • Piloted Body Worn Video across 10 boroughs to record incidents, deliver visual evidence, provide greater transparency, help improve public confidence and deter criminal behavior. Work is now taking place to roll-out Body Worn Video to officers on all boroughs.
  • We’re modernising our Interview Suites and installing the latest digital recording equipment improving our ability to provide better victim support and helping to achieve best possible evidence whilst providing a better quality service.
  • Equipping officers with mobile technology - giving them all the information they need at their fingertips, as well as the ability to take e-statements, access core systems on the go and capture data at the scene.
  • We're piloting digital crime mapping to prevent burglary and are extending this to predict other crimes.
  • Investing in digital forensics services to collect evidence from digital devices and systems; for example tablets, phones, computers and CCTV.
  • Creating a state of the art digital forensic facility which will be the largest lab of its kind in the UK.
  • Establishing digital hubs in boroughs across London to speed up the digital forensics process.

We're also exploring the full potential of new technology to improve the services we give to London's people and communities - from online crime reporting and the development of 'track-my-crime' technology, to engaging with the public through online forums and using social media to keep local communities up to date.

Met Live

Want to know what the different Met teams are involved in right now? Then take a look at the latest updates from some of their social media channels.

On our YouTube channel you'll also find lots of videos that will give you an idea of life as a Met Police officer, including profiles of some of our officers.