Metropolitan Police Service
However, the City of London - also known as the 'square mile' - is policed by the City of London Police.
The Met also national responsibilities including such as counter-terrorism, protecting the Royal Family, and members of Government. The Met also has some unique responsibilities such as protecting foreign embassies policing Heathrow Airport, and policing and protecting the Palace of Westminster and handling protests and events.
Until 2018, the Metropolitan Police District or geographical area covered by the Met was divided into 32 Borough Operational Command Units (BOCUs) each BOCU was commanded by a Chief Superintendent. Long story short, there was a police station in every London borough. After this time, a radical shakeup merged the 32 borough command units into 12 Basic Command Units (BCUs).
Basic Command Units
- Central West BCU: Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster
- South West BCU: Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth
- South BCU: Bromley, Croydon and Sutton
- South East: Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham
- East BCU: Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge
- West BCU: Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow
- Central South: Lambeth and Southwark
- North BCU: Enfield and Haringey
- Central East BCU: Hackney and Tower Hamlets
- Central North BCU: Camden and Islington
- North West BCU: Barnet, Brent and Harrow
- North East BCU: Newham and Waltham Forest
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