Police workforce diversity in Metropolitan Police Service

Details of how the ethnicity and gender of police officers, police staff, police community support officers (PCSOs) and special constables in Metropolitan Police Service compares with that of the population of the force area they serve.

Population data (based on the whole population) from the 2011 census and ONS mid year population estimates, 2015.

Police workforce diversity data from Police Workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2016.

Police workforce data is based on self-declared ethnicity data. Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) data charts exclude those who did not state their ethnicity.

The number of officers and staff are presented on a full time equivalent basis (e.g. someone working 1 day per week is counted as 0.2), rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures for special constables are shown on a headcount basis, as they do not have contracted working hours.

Percentages for police officers, police staff and PCSOs are calculated using unrounded FTE numbers, to ensure consistency with those published in “Police Workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2016”. Unrounded numbers of FTE workers can also be found in that publication.

Police officer ethnicity in Metropolitan Police Service

Percentage breakdowns for each ethnicity exclude cases where the officer did not state their ethnicity. The number of ‘not stated’ cases are included in the data tables.

Ethnicity Police officers Proportion of police officers Proportion of force area population Force area population
Asian or Asian British 1,526 4.8% 17.0% 1,386,619
Black or Black British 978 3.1% 13.3% 1,088,447
Chinese or other ethnic group 597 1.9% 5.0% 404,874
Mixed 926 2.9% 5.0% 404,990
Not stated 123 - --
White 27,976 87.4% 59.8% 4,881,636

Proportion of police officers from BME groups across police forces in England and Wales

Police force BME police officers Proportion of BME police officers Proportion of force area BME population Force area BME population
Avon and Somerset Constabulary 66 2.8% 6.7% 107,585
Bedfordshire Police 70 6.6% 22.5% 138,414
British Transport Police 262 9.1% 14.0% 7,866,517
Cambridgeshire Constabulary 33 2.5% 9.7% 78,310
Cheshire Constabulary 16 0.8% 3.1% 31,711
City of London Police 44 6.3% 21.4% 1,576
Cleveland Police 21 1.7% 5.5% 30,771
Cumbria Constabulary 11 1.0% 1.5% 7,601
Derbyshire Constabulary 61 3.5% 6.7% 68,593
Devon & Cornwall Police 37 1.5% 2.5% 40,912
Dorset Police 16 1.3% 4.0% 29,404
Durham Constabulary 19 1.7% 2.2% 13,442
Dyfed-Powys Police 9 0.8% 2.0% 10,400
Essex Police 60 2.1% 6.8% 116,642
Gloucestershire Constabulary 23 2.1% 4.6% 27,337
Greater Manchester Police 311 4.9% 16.2% 434,405
Gwent Police 19 1.7% 3.9% 22,377
Hampshire Constabulary 77 2.8% 6.7% 126,613
Hertfordshire Constabulary 82 4.3% 12.4% 138,567
Humberside Police 20 1.3% 3.5% 32,368
Kent Police 92 2.9% 6.9% 119,984
Lancashire Constabulary 109 4.1% 9.6% 140,858
Leicestershire Police 140 7.7% 21.6% 219,993
Lincolnshire Police 20 1.8% 2.4% 17,169
Merseyside Police 121 3.4% 5.5% 75,886
Metropolitan Police Service 4,026 12.6% 40.2% 3,284,930
Norfolk Constabulary 27 1.8% 3.5% 29,870
North Wales Police 12 0.8% 2.5% 17,233
North Yorkshire Police 16 1.2% 3.4% 27,221
Northamptonshire Police 40 3.6% 8.5% 59,130
Northumbria Police 54 1.7% 5.4% 77,106
Nottinghamshire Police 86 4.4% 11.2% 121,981
South Wales Police 56 1.9% 6.6% 85,193
South Yorkshire Police 87 3.5% 9.4% 125,948
Staffordshire Police 30 1.8% 5.9% 65,170
Suffolk Constabulary 25 2.4% 4.8% 34,968
Surrey Police 70 4.0% 9.6% 108,708
Sussex Police 49 1.9% 6.3% 101,499
Thames Valley Police 210 5.0% 15.4% 350,126
Warwickshire Police 40 4.8% 7.3% 39,786
West Mercia Police 47 2.3% 3.8% 45,900
West Midlands Police 614 9.0% 29.9% 817,322
West Yorkshire Police 235 5.2% 18.2% 406,240
Wiltshire Police 16 1.6% 5.5% 37,268

Proportion of officers from BME groups, by rank in Metropolitan Police Service

BME BME proportion White White proportion Not stated
Force area population 3,284,930 40.2% 4,881,636 59.8% -
Constable 3,568 13.9% 22,117 86.1% 102
Sergeant 347 7.6% 4,194 92.4% 7
Inspector 83 6.6% 1,176 93.4% 2
Chief Inspector and above 28 5.4% 489 94.6% 12

Gender representation by rank in Metropolitan Police Service

Male Male proportion Female Female proportion
Force area population 4,304,653 49.7% 4,360,300 50.3%
Constable 18,596 72.1% 7,191 27.9%
Sergeant 3,681 80.9% 867 19.1%
Inspector 1,015 80.5% 246 19.5%
Chief Inspector and above 416 78.7% 113 21.3%

Proportion of workforce from BME groups, by worker type in Metropolitan Police Service

BME BME proportion White White proportion Not stated
Force area population 3,284,930 40.2% 4,881,636 59.8% -
Police officers 4,026 12.6% 27,976 87.4% 123
PCSOs 591 36.8% 1,014 63.2% 21
Staff 2,335 25.7% 6,766 74.3% 420
Special constables 1,036 32.2% 2,183 67.8% 52

Proportion of workforce by gender, by worker type in Metropolitan Police Service

Male Male proportion Female Female proportion
Force area population 4,304,653 49.7% 4,360,300 50.3%
Police officers 23,708 73.8% 8,417 26.2%
PCSOs 1,026 63.1% 600 36.9%
Staff 4,105 43.1% 5,417 56.9%
Special constables 2,239 68.5% 1,032 31.5%

The British Transport Police are responsible for policing railways in the Metropolitan Police Service area. View police workforce diversity data for British Transport Police.