Police Handbook

British Roleplay: Metropolitan police handbook


Section 1 - Introduction

Section 2 - Ranking structure

Section 3 - Divisions

Section 4 - Use of force

Section 5 - Any other added Documents

Section 6 - Arrest Statement

Working together for a safer city

Section 1 - Introduction

Congratulations, your application has been successful!

You will now set a date with a Field Training Officer to go through basic police procedures and set you up to patrol. Before meeting with your Field Training Officer you must ensure you have Teamspeak3 downloaded. You must have a clear microphone with no background noise. Please ensure you test this before training.

This handbook will act as a guide to help you become a successful police officer here in the metropolitan police force.

Topics covered in this handbook should be used only as a guide.There will be certain things which are not in this handbook but will come to you with experience, which cannot be taught in a book.

We ask every officer to give their 100% effort within the Metropolitan Police, and if you’re unsure about anything ask for advice!

Section 2 - Ranking structure

Commissioner-The Commissioner is in charge of the Police Service, they still enforce the law in the city but handle the day to day running of the force and deal with any issues and implement changes to the police.

Deputy Commissioner-The Deputy Commissioner is the Commissioner’s right-hand men/women, they enforce the law in the city and assist in decisions regarding police policy, incidents, and any changes to the force.

Assistant Commissioner-Whilst similar to the Deputy Commissioner the Assistant Commissioner is a highly experienced member of the force and will assist the Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner-The Deputy Assistant Commissioner is responsible for reviewing and driving culture and performance within their function, business area or across multiple business units and in collaboration with other DACs, to do so across the MPS, in order to provide a professional and effective policing service.

Commander-The Commander is responsible for reviewing and driving culture and performance within their designated area of responsibility or specialism in order to provide a professional, effective and efficient policing service in line with the direction and vision of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Chief Superintendent-This role carries specific legal powers to enable the maintenance of law and order. Chief superintendents lead the development of culture, climate and working processes across multiple areas of responsibility to ensure adherence to standards, and the promotion of accountability and continuous improvement.

Superintendent-They usually assist new officers and deal with people face to face on a day to day allowing the Chief superintendent to do more paperwork.

Chief Inspectors-The Chief Inspectors manage large teams of inspectors, sergeants, constables and police staff. They may be the most senior operational response officer or manage assigned specialist policing functions such as investigations.

Inspector-The people who hold this rank are encouraged to sort officers at ground level, to move officers as needed and to assure each vehicle is moving to its full potential.

Sergeant- A sergeant as an experienced member of the force who has shown his skills as a police officer. His duty is to oversee the constables on his day to day duties.

Constable-The Police Constable (PC) Is the first rank an officer will receive after he has completed all his training as a PCSO.

Police Community Support Officers

These officers are new recruits in training, their daily routine will consist of patrolling with a senior officer, gaining experience and learning as they go for there rank up to constable.

Section 3 - Sub-Divisions

SCO-19 - This is a special part in the Metropolitan police where people will do the job of handling things with a range from traffic stops to responding to firearm calls, drug raids, robberies/hostage situations and murders.

AFO - Also known as ‘Authorised Firearms Officer ’ this part of the police force mainly used for responding to firearms calls, robberies.


FTO - Field Training Officers is an experienced member of the force who trains PCSOs so that they are ready to take on the role as an officer.

Interceptors - Police Interceptors catch people who are dangerous driving, car thieves and take part in high speed chases and patrol the streets. Some of these officers in this division maybe firearms trained.

Section 4 - Use of force


During your time within the Metropolitan Police you will come into a lot of encounters that will vary, a lot of these encounters will require certain levels of force. Within the document you will be informed on what types of weapons should be used for certain encounters.



Only to be used against unarmed suspects, who are possibly trying to escape you - the tackle is a move where you sprint into someone - dragging them to the floor. After they have been tackled you can either detain or arrest - this is only to be used if the suspect is attempting to flee. Do not tackle someone standing still and complying with instructions.


The police issued taser is the first level of force that should be used within confrontations with the public, the police issued taser is a close quarters weapon that fires taser rounds that will result in the suspect being electrocuted and immobilised. We use this technique on members of the public that are causing a scene along with suspects that may not be compliant and have some sort of weapon on them. You must at all times use your taser first, unless the suspect has a firearm that can shoot at further ranges. If you are in situations that are in tight areas such as shops, you should always look to use your taser before using lethal force.


The police issued baton is a compliance tool used within the Metropolitan Police, this is primarily a defensive weapon against suspects that are causing a scene. This is another non lethal option within the police force that can be used to take down suspects in a less violent way. The baton is designed to outmatch opponents without any weapons. This can be used most of the time during close quarters engagements with members of the public. If you are unable to get close to the suspect for any reason, it is advised that you switch to your taser.


The flashlight is not to be used as a melee weapon unless it is already equipped in hand and there is no other option. The reason for this is that the flashlight does a significant amount less damage than the baton. The flashlight is a great tool for searching for suspects in the dark, and may help you out in lots of situations. Do not hit someone with a flashlight unless absolutely necessary.


Glock 17

The police issued Glock 17 is a lethal weapon within the metropolitan police, this is a primary defence weapon against suspects which are using lethal force. The usual bullet weight is 9mm and ranges from 115-147 grains meaning the Glock 17 is not only a powerful weapon but also a weapon that can penetrate some armours such as level 1 and 2. The short recoil–operated, locked-breech semi-automatic pistol that uses a modified Browning cam-lock system adapted from the High-Power pistol is a perfect all rounder for any armed officer.


The police issued UMP-45 is a lethal weapon within the metropolitan police, this is a primary defence weapon against suspects which are using lethal force. The UMP-45 is a .45 ACP, blowback-operated, magazine fed submachine gun firing from a closed bolt. This weapon is similar to it's counter part the MP5 but with more stopping power against unarmored targets. The UMP-45 can fire single, 2 round burst, or fully automatic. This weapon is used in short-mid range combat and must only be used by users whom have been authorized permission by Gold Command.


The police issued M4A1 is a lethal weapon within the metropolitan police, this is a primary defence weapon against suspects which are using lethal force. The M4 Carbine is a 5.56×45mm NATO, air-cooled, gas-operated,[a] direct impingement, magazine-fed, select fire carbine. It has a 14.5 in (370 mm) barrel and a telescoping stock. It is essentially a lighter and shorter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle. This weapon is used in mid-long range combat and must only be used by SCO19.


The police issued G(ewehr)36 is a lethal weapon within the metropolitan police, this is a primary defence weapon against suspects which are using lethal force. The G36 is a 5.56×45mm NATO, air-cooled, gas-operated, direct impingement, magazine-fed, select fire carbine which replaced the heavier counterpart 7.62mm G3 battle rifle. This weapon is used in mid-long range combat and must only be used by Gold Command.

Section 6 - Arrest Statement

When arresting someone, you have to read their rights on the scene of the arrest. The correct rights to read are as follows:

“You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”

You should be searching the suspect at the scene of the arrest; immediately seizing any illegal possessions the suspect may have. Any illegal possession should be added as an additional charge. Once any items have been removed, you should then transport the suspect back to the Police Station to begin processing them.

The most common type of search is a stop and search on a crime scene, this will be referred to in the UK Legislation as searching someone under the “Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Section 2b” or "Section 1 of the PACE act".

Reading the act or section under a certain law is a necessity and it is enforced to allow people a better quality of RP as well as to enable us to see who is performing to the highest standard.

Detaining someone and searching someone involved or situated in an area with has recently undergone either a shootout or other event is acceptable, and should be used appropriately.