Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department

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Coordinates: 35°40′37.3″N 139°45′8.3″E / 35.677028°N 139.752306°E / 35.677028; 139.752306

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 Tokyo prefecture (Empire)
23 special wards (occupation)
Tokyo prefecture/"Metropolis" (since 1954)
Governing body [[Home Ministry (Empire)
Special wards public safety commission (occupation)
Tokyo prefectural/"Metropolitan" public safety commission (since 1954)]]
General nature
Operational structure
Sworn members 43351
Unsworn members 2841
Stations 102
Patrol Cars 1263
Police Motorcycles 960
Boats 22
Helicopters 14
Police Dogs 40
Police Horses 15
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Headquarters in 1938
The Keishi-chō censorship department in 1938

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁, Keishichō) serves as the police force of the 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 43,000 police officers and over 2,800 civilian personnel, manages 102 stations in the prefecture.

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]

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[edit]

  • Head of National Police Agency of Japan (five gold rising suns)
  • Superintendent-General (four gold rising suns)
  • Deputy Superintendent-General (not rank, but post of MPD. gold-wreathed gold emblem with three gold bars)
  • 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)[2]

Personnel and Equipment[edit]

The MPD has the following as of April 1, 2014:[3]


The MPD has the following as of April 1, 2014:[3]

  • 102 police station
  • 826 Kōban
  • 258 police substations (Residential Kōban)
  • 83 Community Safety Centers


See also[edit]


  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. ^ a b Retrieved 2015-04-21.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Metropolitan Police Department, police stations, Ogasawara: 管内の概況

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