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Metropolitan Police Service

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Lee Freeman is HMI for the Metropolitan Police Service.

This force is in the National HMICFRS policing region.

The Metropolitan Police Service is currently in our Engage stage of enhanced monitoring.

HMICFRS’s assessment of the Metropolitan Police Service

Our PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy), and other force assessments give you information about how your local police force has performed in several important areas.

In our latest assessments of the Metropolitan Police Service, we made the following judgments:


Read our other reports for the Metropolitan Police Service

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

606 square miles


8.99m people
up12% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
4.91 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
down13% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.06 national level
down4% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


90p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about the Metropolitan Police Service.

About the force

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.

More about this area – What the Metropolitan Police Service says

Connect with Metropolitan Police Service

Metropolitan Police Service website

MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) website