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The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is the Home Office police force responsible for Greater London, with the exception of the square mile of the City of London. It is commonly referred to by its former name, the Metropolitan Police, or informally as "the Met" and sometimes as MP. In legislation it is known as the Police of the Metropolis.
With over 31,000 officers in the Metropolitan Police Service is the largest force by manpower in the United Kingdom.  The Metropolitan Police's headquarters is at New Scotland Yard in Westminster, commonly known as Scotland Yard; its head is the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis or simply the Commissioner. The post was first held jointly by Colonel Sir Charles Rowan and Sir Richard Mayne, the current commissioner is Sir Paul Stephenson, who is responsible to the Metropolitan Police Authority.