Officer Handbook


Being in the Metropolitan Police Department involves dedication and consistent input. We expect all members from Police Constable up to High Command to maintain a high quality of effort and consideration within the department.

If you're new here, it's recommend that you read through each section carefully as your interview will be based on information found here on the eLibrary.

Ranking Structure and Wages

Ranking Structure

Specialised Roles

Within the Metropolitan Police Department are specialised roles, otherwise known as divisions.

Main Divisions:

  • Response Team (RT)

  • Roads Policing Unit (RPU)

  • Specialist Firearms Command 19 (SCO19)

Sub Divisions:

  • Field Training Officer (FTO)

  • National Police Air Service (NPAS)

Response Team (RT)

The response team are the back bone of the police force. Every officer will start in this division, this allows them to gain the knowledge and skills to police in the big city of London. As an officer within RT, you're expected to carry out all forms of patrolling, including high-visibility patrols, responding to 999 calls, dealing with situations you come across. You'll initiate routine traffic stops, attend supermarket robberies and support SCO19 and serve members of public as necessary.

You'll also be expected to assist with transportation duties and assisting your colleagues within the other divisions as required.

Things to note:

  • You can attend weapon calls, however you should always abide by the CMG rules and value your life.

  • You can attend vehicle pursuits, however you should always allow Interceptor officers past you.

Road Policing Unit (RPU)

The Road Policing Unit are focused on patrolling and protecting the motorways and larger arterial routes throughout the City. The RPU team provides the tools, knowledge and training to allow officers to achieve this in the most professional way possible. The RPU team are well known for their high-speed vehicles which gives the team the tactical advantage to deal with vehicle pursuits including dangerous driving and allows officers to take control of these situations enabling the officer to carry out their lawful duties.

Specialist Firearms Command 19 (SCO19)

SCO19 is a division centralised around firearms. These highly skilled and highly trained officers protect our front line officers when dealing with calls such as armed robberies, theft and firearms situations. Situations can get out of hand very quickly when they involve weapons, therefore these officers have to be ready to make a split decision when using lethal and non-lethal weapons.

Arresting Procedure

When arresting someone, you have t to read their rights on the scene of the arrest. The correct rights to read are as follows:

“You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”

You should be searching the suspect at the scene of the arrest; immediately seizing and destroying any illegal possessions the suspect may have. Any illegal possession should be added as an additional charge. Once any items have been removed, you should then transport the suspect back to the nearest Police Station to begin processing them.

The most common type of search is a stop and search on a crime scene, this will be referred to in the UK Legislation as searching someone under the “Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Section 2b” or "Section 1 of the PACE act".

Reading the act or section under a certain law is a necessity and it is enforced to allow people a better quality of RP as well as to enable us to see who is performing to the highest standard.

Detaining someone and searching someone involved or situated in an area with has recently undergone either a shootout or other event is acceptable, and should be used appropriately.


Police Controls

Weapons, Drugs and Stolen Goods

It is extremely important to note that every firearm in the city is completely illegal, which means you should be arresting anyone with a visible firearm.

Viewing a smaller firearm or melee weapon on someone’s hip whilst they are wearing an overcoat or jacket should be ignored, as this can be classed as metagaming, because you could easily hide it in a pocket or under a coat. This, however, does not apply to t-shirts, tank tops, oversized sweatshirts etc.

Any larger firearms such as a shotgun or rifles are completely visible to you under any circumstances.

Traffic Stops

If you see a crime be committed within a vehicle, you should start a traffic stop. You should use your lights and sirens appropriately to signal to the driver to pull over to the side of the road (where safe). You should leave your lights on during this, this will help other officers identify that you're engaged in a traffic stop, and ensure other road users are aware of your presence, allowing them to keep their distance for your safety.

You should keep other officers updated on the start, and findings via your radio following the Radio Traffic guidance.

Use of Force

Use of force should always be justifiable, and you should always seek to use non-lethal approaches as opposed to automatically opening up a situation in a lethal manner. Remember you are a member of the Met Police Department, you are advised always to talk a situation out with a suspect rather than approach a situation with a taser on standby.

The use of tasers are still a potentially deadly tool and those who constantly use tasers over de-escalation tactics such as talking and calming the situation down will be classed as excessive force and punished accordingly. Tackling, tazing, and verbal avenues should be attempted. Remember, you’re in to save lives, not take lives.

Driving Conduct

As an officer you will spend a lot of time within your patrol vehicle, because of this you must always abide by civilian standard driving laws and regulations.

You must never attempt to drive into oncoming traffic especially during a pursuit, however overtaking when responding to a call is acceptable so long as its is justified depending on the call and the oncoming lane is clear or warrants you enough time to speed up and overtake the vehicle in front.

Motor Vehicle Collisions (or MVC’s) are a common occurrence in areas such as London. If you find yourself in one do not attempt to drive away from it, call for backup to pick you up and call a tow truck to collect the damaged car. This includes but is not limited to pursuits, responding to a call and regular standard patrol.

If a MVC does occur and a civilian wishes to press charges by asking for insurance, license plate etc. Please then tell them to make a formal written report to an FTO or high command so the issue can be dealt with accordingly, you are required to give all civilians your name, badge number (PermID) and your department (E.G RT).

Finally make sure all stop, seizures and searches that are done road side are done legally, within reasonable grounds and are done safely from oncoming vehicles otherwise the suspect could make a reasonable case for neglectful behaviour of a Constable during his duties.


Situations within CMG can turn very quickly, that's why the radios our officers carry are equipped with an emergency panic button. This can be activated within CMG by entering /panic within the text box.

Once pressed, all on-duty officers will be alerted to your location which will be broadcasted to their in car satellite navigation systems and will automatically them to your location for the next 90 seconds.

It is imperative to give some details of what is happening around you when pressing /panic. If you manage to press this before your communications devices are taken then you can give up to 5 seconds of information.

House Raids

The situation may arise where a joint operation is brought together following the detainment and arrest of a known criminal where officers believe their property including vehicles and houses may be linked with crime, criminal activity or an investigation. Once certain parameters are met, gold command or CMG founders may authorise a house warrant giving the Police Department the power to gain entry and seize and property of the suspect.

This house raid once authorised will be conducted by SCO19 however other officers may be asked to help with containment and securing the scene; control traffic and pedestrian access and transportation.

Bullying – Zero-Tolerance Policy

This community takes bullying and the act of bullying very seriously. Remember, there is always a fine line between having ‘banter’ with someone and bullying. Always make sure you know where the line is. The community, members and management are expected to have a zero-tolerance policy on bullying and therefore anyone who breaks this expectation will be removed dealt with accordingly. Further action may be taken by the CMG Community Managers at their discretion.