Hi, my name is Matt Delito.
I am a police officer in London’s Metropolitan police force. Service. I mean service. We’re not calling it a “police force” anymore; that’s too aggressive. But you don’t have to call us the Metropolitan Police Service, or even the MPS. “The met” will do, although rest assured that people do have an awful lot of names for us. Suffice to say that not all of them are equally nice.
When I’m on duty, I am usually on ‘team’. That’s short for ‘response team’. We’re the guys who, when someone breaks into your house and you dial 999, come rushing to your assistance. My borough is one of the busiest boroughs in London, and I’m part of one of the best teams around. When we are on duty, and you live, work, or play in my part of town, you’re in good hands.
Obviously, because I’m writing this in a rather public place, not everything I write is completely, 100% ‘the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’. Some of the stories I cannot tell you because there are active investigations in progress. Others, I must amend slightly because I don’t want to put my colleagues at risk by revealing operationally sensitive information. Most importantly, I really like my job, and I don’t want to get sacked.
When you are in the movies, you’ll sometimes see a film that is “Based on actual events”. That’s a good way to look at this as well: Everything I write could have happened the way I’ve written about it, but I guess I’ll be the only one who knows exactly what happened, and how. Nonetheless, I hope you learn a couple of things you didn’t know about the police, about how we work, and about the things that occasionally go horribly wrong
Oh and, I was only kidding about what I said before. My name isn’t, in fact, Matt Delito, although it does have a pretty good ring to it, I think. And my collar number is not MD592, and I am not based at Southwark. I picked Mike Delta as my callsign, because they’re my initials. If it turns out there’s a PC592MD: I’m sorry, buddy, the number was picked at random.
Stay out of trouble,