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Metropolitan Police

Volume 87: debated on Thursday 21 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the planned effects of the reorganisation of the Metropolitan police on (a) the four area robbery squads, (b) the area intelligence surveillance units, (c) the special patrol group, (d) the district support units, (e) district crime squads and (f) the district juvenile bureaux in relation to their number, location, function and strength.

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that the future roles and organisation of the squads and units mentioned are currently the subject of consultation within the force and, where appropriate, with community representatives. No decisions will be taken until these consultations have been completed.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will provide a breakdown of the current establishment and strength of the Metropolitan police (a) by division, (b) by area and (c) by rank in each division; and if he will identify ranked officers as uniformed or CID;(2) if he will detail the location of the following specialist units within the Metropolitan police force following reorganisation; the central drugs squad, the antiterrorist squad, the Metropolitan and City police fraud branch, the diplomatic protection group, the serious crimes squad, the flying squad, the No. 9 district regional crime squad, the criminal intelligence branch, the special branch, A8 central information unit, the central intelligence unit, the national identification bureaux, the public sector corruption index and the Metropolitan police laboratory; if he will give the strength of each branch, squad and unit, indicating officers by rank, uniformed and CID function; and if he will give figures showing the strength of the civilian support staff allocated to each branch, squad and unit;(3) how many civilian and uniformed staff are employed in the Metropolitan police public information department, press office and public relations department at the Metropolitan police headquarters; what rank and what grades they hold; how many officers are employed on similar work in each division and area; and if he will provide the total staff costs and force expenditure on public relations and promotional material for each year since 1979;(4) how many civilians are employed by the Metropolitan police force in each division; if he will give details of the numbers by grade for each division; what is the basic salary for each grade; what are the average earnings for each grade; what is the value of fringe benefits for each grade; and what is the average overtime earned by each grade;(5) if he will provide a staff breakdown by

(a) Department and (b) rank located in the Metropolitan police headquarters and identify them as either uniformed or CID officers.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the titles of the branches and squads for which each of the four Metropolitan police departments is now responsible following reorganisation.

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that the branches and units which comprise the four Metropolitan police headquarters departments are as follows:

Territorial Operations Department
BranchDescription
A.2Duties in divisions, operational requirements for police buildings; supervision, etc. neighbourhood policing.
A.3Administration matters, courts, obscene publications, aliens deportation.
A.4Firearms, shotguns, liquor licensing, animals, gaming.
A.5Mounted branch.
A.6Metropolitan special constabulary.
A.7Race and community relations, juveniles, crime prevention
A.8Public order, ceremonials, operational support, dogs, forward planning unit.
A.9Special patrol group.
A.10Thames division.
B.1Traffic secretariat.
B.2Traffic management, road safety, and accident research.
B.3Public carriage office.
B.4Traffic legislation and process.
B.7Traffic warden administration.
B.8Traffic patrols and car pounds.
B.9Central ticket office.
B.10Transport.
B.11Transport common services.
Specialist Operations Department
BranchDescription
R.D.P.D.Royalty and diplomatic protection.
B.5Crime report information system.
B.6Communications, command and control; air support; computer liaison.
B.14Miscellaneous force indices.
C.1Serious crimes branch (including central drugs squad).
C.2Case papers; correspondence.
C.3Fingerprint, photographic and scenes of crime branch.

Branch

Description

C.4National identification bureau.
C.5Crime policy, secretariat and legislation; Interpol.
C.6Metropolitan and City police, company fraud department.
C.8Central robbery squad.
C.11Criminal intelligence branch.
C.12Regional crime squad.
C.13Anti-terrorist branch.
Special branch.
M.P. forensic science laboratory.

Personnel and Training Department

Branch

Description

D.1Recruitment (police).
D.2Personnel (police).
D.3Police welfare.
D.4Married quarters, section houses.
D.5Career planning, staff inspection, ethnic recruiting and equal opportunities.
D.6Training administration.
D.7Cadet training school.
D.8Recruit training.
D.9Detective training school.
D.10Driver and telecommunications training.
D.11Firearms training.
D.12Metropolitan Police Publications.
D.13Training Planning Unit.
D.14Medical and Dental Branch.
D. 15Specialist Training.

Management Support Department

Force planning unit.

Policy analysis unit.

Policy committee secretariat.

Directorate of management services.

Complaints investigation bureau.

Directorate of public affairs.

The location of the functions of many of these branches is currently the subject of review and consultation as part of the force reorganisation. Some headquarters responsibilities will in due course be devolved to areas or divisions or transferred between headquarters departments.