Bethnal Green Police Station, London
Opening times: 24 hours a day.
Many people form their opinion of the police based on what they see on TV or read in magazines. Police TV programmes give the impression crimes can be solved by the end of a 20 minute episode. The reality is very different.
Every working day at 10am the Senior Leadership Team hold a meeting to review what has happened around the Borough. We have a live CCTV conference between Bethnal Green Police Station and Limehouse Police Station so we can discuss the priorities and allocate resources properly.
Crime figures are an important measure of our effectiveness - and are available on this website - but they don't give the whole picture. Much of what we do is about preventing crime and it is difficult to measure something that hasn’t happened.
We invest a lot of time and money in holding public consultation meetings, conducting our own surveys and employing independent companies to conduct public attitude surveys (PAS) to help us understand how we can improve what we do.
The Metropolitan Police Service is famed around the world and has a unique place in the history of policing. It is by far the largest of the police services that operate in greater London (the others include the City of London Police and the British Transport Police). The Royal Parks Constabulary have now become part of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Founded by Sir Robert Peel in 1829, the original establishment of 1, 000 officers policed a seven-mile radius from Charing Cross and a population of less than 2 million.
Today, the Metropolitan Police Service employs more than 32, 500 officers together with about 14, 200 police staff, 230 traffic wardens and 4, 300 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). The MPS is also being supported by more than 3, 600 volunteer police officers in the Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) and its Employer Supported Policing (ESP) programme. The Metropolitan Police Services covers an area of 620 square miles and a population of 7.2 million.
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