History of the Metro DivisionOriginally, Metro was known as the Reserve Unit, hence the “R” radio designation assigned to all current Metro units. In the early years, Metro was located in Room 114 of the Police Administrative Building (PAB), also known as Parker Center. The designation of “114” for Metro Headquarters has remained, although Metro has relocated several times over the ensuing years.
In 1968, the Division was expanded from 70 officers to approximately 200 officers. In 1997, following the North Hollywood bank robbery, the Division was authorized to increase to a maximum strength of approximately 350 sworn personnel and 16 civilian support personnel.
Being at the forefront during emergencies and natural disasters, Metropolitan Division has developed contingency plans and simulation training. The Division is also trained to respond to potential counterinsurgency or terrorist situations.