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This page lists all of the Specialist Units used in The Bill.

These are units that are not defunct

Specialist Crime Directorate Edit

Main article: Specialist Crime Directorate

The Specialist Crime Directorate (SCD) is one of the main branches of the London Metropolitan Police Service. It deals with a wide range of criminality from murder to organised crime. Assistant Commissioner John Yates is currently the head of the directorate. The Directorate is the lead national police agency with regard to specialist crime investigations such as e-crime, sex crimes (peadophile unit) or kidnappings, hostage taking and contract killings.

It encompasses several Operational Command Units:

Homicide and Serious Crime (SCD1) Edit

Provides the 'murder squads' which investigate nearly all murders in London.

Forensic Services (SCD4) Edit

Provides crime scene examiners, fingerprinting and photography.

Child Abuse Investigation Command (SCD5) Edit

Child Abuse Investigation Teams deal with all aspects of this emotive crime, including related murders.

Economic and Specialist Crime (SCD6) Edit

The remit of this unit includes wildlife crime, antique smuggling, computer crime and fraud.

Serious and Organised Crime (SCD7) Edit

Responds to crimes including kidnappings and hostage taking. Commercial armed robberies are dealt with by the Flying Squad, which is part of SCD7.

Trident and Trafalgar (SCD8) Edit

The Trident Operational Command Unit investigate gun crime in the black community, including murder. Trafalgar deals with all other gun crime that does not fall under any other unit's remit.

Covert Policing (SCD10) Edit

This section undertakes surveillance and other discreet policing tasks.

Intelligence (SCD11) Edit

Provides intelligence products to the rest of the police service.

Specialist Operations Edit

Main article: Specialist Operations

Specialist Operations was a group of twenty specialist Metropolitan Police units which were set up in 1986 as part of Sir Kenneth Newman's restructuring of the Metropolitan Police Service. Most of the units designated SO units were already in existence, many of them as departments of C Division and its branches, and all were presided over by an Assistant Commissioner of Special Operations (ACSO).


SO designations Due to continual restructuring of the Metropolitan Police, only a few of the original SO units still exist in their original form and still use the SO designation. These are marked in bold. Where possible, the current name or organisation of the former SO unit is listed in italics. Where the SO designation has been reassigned to another unit, the units are listed in order.

SO1 - Specialist Protection Edit

  • Non-Royal VIP Protection including the Prime Minister, some Secretaries of State of HM Government, visiting heads of state and some ambassadors to the Court of St James.

SO2 - Crime Support Branch / Department Support Group Edit

SO3 - Scenes of Crime Branch / Directorate of Forensic Services Edit

  • (now SCD4 Forensic Services)

SO4 - National Identification Service Edit

SO5 - Miscellaneous Force Indexes / Child Protection Edit

  • (now SCD5 Child Abuse Investigation Team)

SO6 - Fraud Squad Edit

  • (now SCD6 Economic and Specialist Crime)

SO7 - Serious and Organised Crime Edit

  • (was originally SO1)

SO8 - Forensic Science Laboratory / Flying Squad Edit

SO9 - Flying Squad Edit

  • (reassigned to SO8, then became part of SO7) now part of SCD. Flying Squad have always been SO8 ever since SO dept came into being.

SO10 - Crime Operations Group Edit

  • (now SCD10 Covert Policing)

SO11 - Criminal Intelligence Branch Edit

  • (now CO11)

SO12 - Special Branch Edit

Amalgamated in 2007 with SO13 to form SO15 (Counter Terrorism Command).

SO13 - Anti-Terrorism Edit

SO14 - Royalty Protection Branch Edit

  • (part of the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department)

SO15 - Counter Terrorism Command Edit

SO16 - Diplomatic Protection Group Edit

  • (part of the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department) (now CO6)

SO17 - PNC Bureau Edit

(now the Police Information Technology Organisation) / Palace of Westminster Division (part of the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department) (now CO7))

SO18 - Aviation Security / Airport Policing Edit

  • (now CO18 Aviation Security Operational Command Unit)

SO19 - Force Firearms Unit Edit

  • (now CO19 Specialist Firearms Command)

SO20 - Forensic Medical Examiners Branch Edit

Central Operations Edit

Main article: Central Operations

Central Operations (CO) is a major directorate of the London Metropolitan Police Service that provides operational support to the rest of the service. It is commanded by Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur.


Notable units include:

CO1 - Central Operations HQ Edit

CO3 - Emergency Preparedness Operational Command Unit Edit

CO10 - Central Communications Command Edit

CO11 - Public Order Operational Command Unit Edit

  • (formerly stood for Public Order Intelligence Unit)

CO12 - 2012 Olympics preparation Edit

  • (formerly stood for Public Order Training)

CO14 - Clubs & Vice Edit

CO15 - Traffic Operational Command Unit Edit

CO16 - Centralised Traffic Criminal Justice Unit Edit

CO17 - Transport Operational Command Unit Edit

CO18 - Aviation Security Edit

  • (formerly known as SO18)

CO19 - Specialist Firearms Command Edit

CO20 - Territorial Support Group Edit

These units ARE defunct

Territorial Operations Edit

Main article: Territorial Operations

Territorial Operations was a group of eighteen specialist Metropolitan Police units which were set up in 1986 as part of Sir Kenneth Newman's restructuring of the Metropolitan Police Service. The Territorial Operations units were designed to support the Metropolitan Police areas – while area-based policing was designed to decentralise the operations of New Scotland Yard, the TO units were intended to provide central operational and logistic support to Areas and divisional OCUs (Operational Command Units).


TO designations Due to restructuring of the Metropolitan Police, Territorial Operations as a group has been disbanded. The current term 'Territorial Policing' refers to the co-operation of divisional OCUs with pan-London units, many of them formerly TO units. The remaining pan-London units are now the remit of Central Operations. Where units have been renamed or reassigned, these are listed in italics.

TO1 - General Department Services and HQ Support Edit

TO3 - Area Support Edit

TO4 - Public Carriage Office Edit

  • (now the Transport for London Public Carriage Office)

TO5 - Central Ticket Office Edit

  • (now run by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency or local borough authorities)

TO6 - Central Services Edit

  • (now the Firearms Enquiry Team)

TO7 - Divisional Support Edit

  • (now the Charities Office and Borough Licensing Officers)

TO9 - Crime and Divisional Policing Policy Branch Edit

TO10 - Courts Division Edit

TO14 - Traffic Edit

  • (now CO15 - Traffic Operational Command Unit)

TO18 - Public Order Training Edit

  • (now CO11 - Public Order Unit)

TO20 - Public Order Edit

  • (now CO11 - Public Order Unit)

TO25 - Central Communications Branch Edit

  • (now Command, Control, Communication and Information - C3i)

TO26 - Air Support Unit Edit

TO27 - Mounted Branch Edit

TO28 - Police Dog Section Edit

TO29 - Thames Division Edit

  • (now Marine Support Unit)

TO31 - Community Affairs Branch (Vulnerable Groups) Edit

TO32 - Community Affairs Branch (Partnership Branch) Edit

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