Many records from the past have been retained by the Metropolitan Police and most ex officers and staff can be traced. Assisted by "The Friends" of the ‘met collection’ the MPS has invested resources to make these records searchable and available to the public.
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Police records of other forces are not public records. Those which survive are held either by the appropriate local record office or the force itself.
Police staff and pension records
Metropolitan Police records have not all survived since 1829 but some are available at the National Archives and copies of some are kept at the Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre.