Metropolitan Police and City of London Police: Upper Ranks

The police forces within Greater London – the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police – are both headed by an appointed commissioner. The Commissioner of the City of London Police has the status of a justice of the peace.

The Metropolitan Police Service has five ranks above the level of chief superintendent (commander, deputy assistant commissioner, assistant commissioner, deputy commissioner and commissioner) and The City of London Police has three (commander, assistant commissioner and commissioner).

How to Address a Commissioner

The recommended style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter According to title or Dear Commissioner
Envelope

Sir Ben Hopkins, KBE, Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police / Sir Thomas
Archer, KBE, Commissioner of Police for The City of London

 

Verbal communication Commissioner, or according to title

Decorations are listed after the name and before the appointment.

See Letters After the Name 

How to address a Deputy or Assistant Commissioner

The recommended style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter As for Commissioner, but if by his/her appointment, Dear Deputy Commissioner (or Assistant Commissioner)
Envelope

Daniel Mercer, Esq, Deputy Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police / David Beak, Esq, Assistant Commissioner, for The City of London/Metropolitan Police

 

Verbal communication By appointment or according to title

How to address a Deputy Assistant Commissioner

The recommended style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter According to title or Dear Deputy Assistant Commissioner

Envelope

Nicholas Swallow, Esq, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police 

 

Verbal address By appointment or by name

How to address a Commander

The recommended style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter According to title or Dear Commander Smith 
Envelope

Commander Edgar Pollen, Metropolitan Police/City of London Police

 

 

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