Buenos Aires Metropolitan Police

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Buenos Aires Metropolitan Police
Policía Metropolitana de Buenos Aires
Policia metrop ba logo.png
Patch of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Police
Motto Una policía integrada a la comunidad
A police corp integrated to the community
Agency overview
Formed 2008
Preceding agency (None)
Employees 4,000
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
General nature
Operational structure
Elected officer responsible Guillermo Montenegro, Minister of Security
Agency executive Horacio Giménez, Chief of Police
Divisions Security, Investigation, Scientific, Technical
Stations 4 [1]
* Divisional agency: Sub division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Metropolitan Police was the police force under the authority of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires until it merged with the city's division of the Argentine Federal Police by creating the Buenos Aires City Police.[2] The force was created in 2010 and is composed of 1,850 officers, and is planned to expand to 16,000. Security in the city is concurrently the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police and the Argentine Federal Police.

The city government claims the new force is based on the model of the British London Metropolitan Police and the New York Police Department. The force was intended to use high technology support and adopt a policy of zero tolerance.

Structure and Organization of the Metropolitan Police[edit]

The police are headed by a Chief and a Deputy Chief. Both are appointed by the head of the executive branch of the City.

There are four major departments, each headed by a Director General:

  • Public Security
  • Investigations and Research
  • Scientific and Technical
  • Administration

Geographically, the force is divided into 15 precincts.

Of the 1,850 officers, 900 are used for patrolling the streets.


The Metropolitan Police use nine ranks, the highest being "Superintendent".[3]

  1. Officer
  2. Senior Officer
  3. Sub-Inspector
  4. Inspector
  5. Sub-Commissioner
  6. Commissioner
  7. Senior Commissioner
  8. Commissioner-General
  9. Superintendent


There has been some controversy surrounding its officers, primarily due to its "zero-tolerance" policy, meaning officers are sometimes violent against protesters and tend to use excessive force. However, the department has managed to boost its reputation. Civilians often tend to choose the Metropolitan Police over the Federal Police, due to high levels of corruption in that country's Federal Police.


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