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The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), formerly and still commonly known as the Metropolitan Police, formally called the Metropolitan Police Force, and informally referred to as the Met, is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in Greater London, excluding the "square mile" of the City of London, which is the responsibility of the City of London Police.
The Met also has significant national responsibilities, such as co-ordinating and leading on UK-wide national counter-terrorism matters, and the protection of the senior members of the British Royal Family, and also members of The Cabinet and other ministerial members of Her Majesty's Government.
A spokeswoman for the Met said the “vast majority” of its officers carry out their duties “with professionalism and courtesy”.
She said: “The MPS treats each occasion when an allegation is made about a member of its staff extremely seriously and will fully investigate each incident.
For police forces of other major metropolitan areas, see metropolitan police.
In 33 additional cases, 28 Met officers are on restricted duties and five more suspended following assault allegations.
The figures represent further embarrassment for a force which recruited just one black officer last month among 162 new recruits.
In total 450 West Midlands Police officers are being investigated and five have been suspended.
Desmond Jaddoo, founder of Birmingham Empowerment Forum, said the relationship between police and the black community was one of “oppressor and oppressed”.
He said: “Trust and confidence in the police is still at its lowest. The problem is some officers are abusing their power.”Of the 146 ongoing police assault investigations in the West Midlands where ethnicity is recorded, 71 complainants are white (49 per cent) and 69 black or Asian (47.5 per cent). Another 83 cases are being investigated where ethnicity is not recorded.
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Almost all of the officers under investigation for alleged violence against members of the public are still on the beat, with just 2 per cent suspended or put on restricted duties.