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officer saluting

Drawing of a Jack the Ripper murder discovery
Roll of Honour book
Commissioner, Sir John Stevens and Mayor, Ken Livingstone mark the Metropolitian Police Service
Dr Crippen wanted poster
Police Helicoper
The Official History of the Metropolitan Police Service book cover


Historical Timeline
A comprehensive history of the Metropolitan Police from 1829 to the present. In these pages you will find descriptions of famous and lesser known events throughout the history of The Met as well as biographies of key figures and details of famous cases
Roll of Honour
As a tribute to the many members of the Metropolitan Police Service who have given their lives in the course of policing London, the names contained in the Roll of Honour are set out here ...more

History of policing
A short description of the evolution of policing from distant origins in Saxon times, the founding of the Metropolitan Police in the 19th century...more

The Metropolitan Police 175 years ago
Read about the first days in the life of the Metropolitan Police Service, the salaries of the first officers, how the idea of the beat system was devised, the problems of discipline, and how the public regarded the new Metropolitan Police... more

175 years anniversary of the Met
Wednesday 29 September was an historic day as the Met celebrated 175 years of policing London. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens marked the 175th anniversary by releasing 175 balloons over London ...more


Metropolitan Police Museums

The Crime Museum
The Crime Museum at Scotland Yard is the oldest museum in the world put together purely for recording crime...more

Historical archives
The archive collection includes items reflecting the life of London, often as seen through the eyes of the Police Service dealing with social change in the city streets and ordinary lives of people at times of crisis. The Metropolitan Police collections are not currently open to the general public...more


Available for purchase

The Official History of the Metropolitan Police Service
The Official History of the Metropolitan Police is now available in all good bookshops and from online retailers. This book celebrates 175 years of the service, exploring how the Met has adapted and grown to meet the unique challenges of policing one the most diverse cities in the world...more

Metropolitan Police Memorabilia
The link above takes you to the separate Metropolitan Police Athletic Association website, where you can find details about Met Police memorabilia.