This section contains a comprehensive history of the Metropolitan Police from 1829 to the present day. In these pages you will find descriptions of famous and lesser known events throughout the history of The Met as well as details of famous cases and figures throughout the history of the Met. You can also find out about tracing your family ancestry, visiting the historical collection and purchasing MPS merchandise.
Many records from the past have been retained by the Metropolitan Police and most ex officers and staff can be traced.
Jack the Ripper
The Metropolitan Police archives date back to 1875 and contain a wide and varied collection relating to the policing of the Metropolitan Police District of London.
History of policing
The word "Police" means, generally, the arrangements made in all civilised countries to ensure that the inhabitants keep the peace and obey the law. The word also denotes the force of peace officers (or police) employed for this purpose.