Metropolitan Police

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Group.png Metropolitan Police  
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Metropolitan Police.jpg
Abbreviation MPS
Motto Total Policing
Predecessor • Bow Street Runners
• Marine Police Force
Headquarters New Scotland Yard
Leader Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
Cressida Dick.jpg
Incumbent: Cressida Dick
Since 10 April 2017
Subgroups • Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch
• UK Special Branch
• Muslim Contact Unit
• Special Demonstration Squad
• Diplomatic Protection Group
Staff 48,661
SubpageMetropolitan Police/Anti-Terrorist Branch

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is a police force. It has jurisdiction over all of London except the "square mile", where an entirely separate and legally anomalous force, the City of London Police‎ has jurisdiction.

"War on Terror"

Full article: Rated 4/5 “War on Terror”

The Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command published a statement following the release of video which apparently shows a British-accented ISIS jihadi decapitating kidnapped journalist James Foley in 2014. It read: "We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Terrorism legislation." When challenged about this, a spokesman clarified that "Viewing the video could be taken into consideration if any other information comes to light", but on its own would not be prosecuted.[1]

Mass surveillance

Full article: Rated 3/5 Mass surveillance

The Metropolitan Police is actively researching mass surveillance technologies, including facial recognition. In November 2017 it was criticised by Paul Wiles, the UK government's Biometrics watchdog, for carrying out these trials in secret, without promising to publish results.[2]

Diplomatic Protection Group

Full article: Diplomatic Protection Group

The Metropolitan Police Service has responsibility for the protection of the diplomatic community in London, under the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961. In November 1974, the Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) was formed with the sole task of ensuring the security and protection of the diplomatic missions in Central London, to the exclusion of ordinary police duties. Initially the group was staffed by volunteers and nominated officers performing a six-month attachment. In 1979 the DPG became a permanent Command in the Met Police, with protection now being provided by permanent officers.

Since its creation the Diplomatic Protection Group has been involved in a number of significant events. One of the most famous is the 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege. Constable Trevor Lock was on duty when along with embassy staff he was taken hostage by terrorists. He was eventually freed by the British Army's Special Air Service who stormed the embassy six days later.

The role of the DPG has developed since its formation, with officers now involved with the protection of certain Government sites in addition to providing personal protection when required. Officers are regularly deployed to support major events such as State Visits and the Queen's Birthday Parade.[3]

See also


Events carried out

2008 Counter-Terrorism advertising campaignJuly 2008 - August 2008
Operation Crevice30 March 2004