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History

Novelist and magistrate who set up the Bow Street Runners in 1749 Click to show or hide the answer
Metropolitan Police established Click to show or hide the answer
Founder of the Metropolitan Police – the first modern police force – in 1829, when Home Secretary; Prime Minister 1841–6 Click to show or hide the answer

Ranks

Most senior rank in the Metropolitan Police Click to show or hide the answer
Rank only used in the Met (Adam Dalglish is a fictional one) Click to show or hide the answer
Rank immediately above Chief Inspector Click to show or hide the answer

Acronyms

ACPO Click to show or hide the answer
AFIS Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
NPCC (replaced ACPO in 2015) Click to show or hide the answer
PACE Click to show or hide the answer
SOCO Click to show or hide the answer
TWOC Click to show or hide the answer

UK Police Forces

Nickname of the special force deployed in Ireland, 1920 Click to show or hide the answer
London police forces: Metropolitan and Click to show or hide the answer
Flying Squad reorganised in 1978 as Click to show or hide the answer
New UK police force, established in October 2013 to replace the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) – described as "a British FBI" Click to show or hide the answer
Headquarters of the Metropolitan Police; for many years (from 1934 until the 1960s) its telephone number was Whitehall 1212 Click to show or hide the answer
Nickname of the black and white chequered pattern worn by police officers (after the Glasgow Chief Constable who introduced it in 1932) Click to show or hide the answer
Full name of the Metropolitan Police unit SO 19 Click to show or hide the answer

Overseas Police Forces

Commonly–used name for South Africa's security police bureau, established 1969 – replaced in 1980 after the so–called Muldergate Scandal, when the National Party was implicated in plans to use government funds for its own propaganda purposes.  (The actual name of the bureau was the South African Bureau for State Security) Click to show or hide the answer
Russia's first state security organisation – established by Lenin December 1917 – a forerunner of the KGB Click to show or hide the answer
Chief investigative branch of the US Department of Justice Click to show or hide the answer
Israel's secret police Click to show or hide the answer
Secret police force of the Russian Empire, established 1880 Click to show or hide the answer
Secret police agency of Romania, 1948–89 Click to show or hide the answer
Commonly–used name for the East German state security organisation Click to show or hide the answer

Commissioners of the Police of the Metropolis (selected)

In practice, you're unlikely to get asked about any of these apart from the current incumbent. But this is a very high–profile public office, so you never know when they might come up. These are basically the ones that I remember the names of.

These were all (with the exception of the current incumbent who is a Dame) knighted at some point; a knighthood (or damehood) more or less comes with the job.

1972–7 The first to rise from the lowest rank – as all his successors to date did; dealt with the Balcombe Street Siege and the Knightsbridge Spaghetti House Siege; introduced the Special Patrol Group; resigned following a public disagreement with Home Secretary Roy Jenkins over the Police Act 1976 and the introduction of an independent police complaints body Click to show or hide the answer
1977–82 Born in Glasgow; dealt with the Iranian Embassy siege, the Brixton riots (1981), the Buckingham Palace incident (Michael Fagan), and Operation Countryman (an investigation into corruption in the City of London and Metropolitan forces) Click to show or hide the answer
1982–7 Previously, as Chief Constable of the RUC, oversaw its establishment as the dominant security force in Northern Ireland (rather than the British Army); initiated a major reform and restructure of the Met Click to show or hide the answer
1993–2000 Oversaw the Stephen Lawrence case, and the funeral of Princess Diana; attracted controversy by stating that most muggers are black; Mohammed Al Fayed alleged that he withheld evidence from the French inquiry into Diana's death; after retirement, assisted Jamaican Police in their inquiry into the death (in suspicious circumstances) of Pakistan's cricket coach, Bob Woolmer Click to show or hide the answer
2005–8 Dealt with the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes; forced to apologise to the parents of the Soham murder victims, after citing that case as an example of the "institutional racism" of the British media Click to show or hide the answer
2008–11 Resigned over speculation regarding his connection with Neil Wallis, Editor of the News of the World, who was suspected of involvement in the News International phone hacking scandal Click to show or hide the answer
2011–17 Oversaw Operation Yewtree (the investigation into the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal) and Operation Midland (the into allegations by Carl Beech – 'code name' "Nick") of sex abuse and murder by several high–profile men) Click to show or hide the answer
2017 to date First woman to hold the post; came out as a lesbian in the year of her appointment; previously headed the operation that led to the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes; accused of obstructing the investigation (2013–21) into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan in 1987 Click to show or hide the answer

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