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Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
The headquarters building of the Keishicho stands beyond the historic Ministry of Justice headquarters.
Agency overview
Formed 1874
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Legal jurisdiction Municipal
General nature
  • Civilian agency
Operational structure
Sworn members 42984
Unsworn members 2800
Stations 101
Patrol Cars 1401
Police Motorcycles 951
Boats 25
Helicopters 14
Police Dogs 57
Police Horses 15
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Headquarters in 1938

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁 Keishichō) serves as the police force for Tokyo metropolis. Founded in 1874, it is headed by a superintendent general, who is appointed by the National Public Safety Commission and approved by the prime minister.

The Metropolitan Police, with a staff of more than 40,000 police officers and over 2,500 civilian personnel, manages 101 stations in the prefecture. It is the largest urban police force in the world. The number of inhabitants per police officer is 290:1.

The main building of the Keishicho is located in the Kasumigaseki part of central Tokyo. Built in 1980, it is 18 stories tall, a large wedge-shaped building with a cylindrical tower, it is easily seen from the street and a well-known landmark.


The Metropolitan Police Department is under the command of a Superintendent-General and reports directly to the Tokyo Metropolitan Public Safety Commission.

The MPD commands the following bureaus:[1]

  • Administration Bureau
  • Personnel and Training Bureau
  • Traffic Bureau
  • Community Police Affairs Bureau
  • Public Security Bureau
  • Criminal Investigation Bureau
  • Community Safety Bureau
  • Organized Crime Control Bureau

The MPD also has its own academy, the Metropolitan Police Department Academy.

Each District Headquarters commands several police stations. Each station includes the following:[1]

  • Administration Section
  • Traffic Section
  • Security Section
  • Community Police Affairs Section
  • Criminal Investigation Section
  • Community Safety Section
  • Organized Crime Control Section

Ranks and Insignia

  • Superintendent-General (four gold stars)
  • Deputy Superintendent-General (three gold stars)
  • Superintendent Supervisor (gold-wreathed gold emblem with three gold bars)
  • Chief Superintendent (gold-wreathed gold emblem with two gold bars)
  • Senior Superintendent (gold-wreathed gold emblem with one gold bar)
  • Superintendent (gold-wreathed silver emblem with three gold bars)
  • Inspector (gold-wreathed silver emblem with two gold bars)
  • Assistant Inspector (gold-wreathed silver emblem with one gold bar)
  • Sergeant (silver-wreathed silver emblem with three gold bars)
  • Senior Police Officer (silver-wreathed silver emblem with two gold bars)
  • Police Officer (silver-wreathed silver emblem with one gold bar)


Personnel and Equipment

The MPD has the following as of December 1st, 2013.

  • 43,305 police officers
  • 2,841 civilian personnel
  • 3,095 part-time officers
  • 1,287 patrol cars
  • 960 police motorcycles
  • 23 police boats
  • 14 helicopters
  • 42 police dogs
  • 16 horses


The MPD has the following as of December 1st, 2013.

  • 102 police station
  • 826 Kōban
  • 258 police substations


See also


  1. ^ a b "Metropolitan Police Department Organization Chart". Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Archived from the original on 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. ^ Organisational chart
  3. ^ Metropolitan Police Department, police stations, Ogasawara: 管内の概況

External links

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