Hendon Police College
Hendon Police College is the principal training centre for London's Metropolitan Police Service. Today, the college is commonly referred to as the Peel Centre, although its original name is still used frequently. Within the police it is known as just "Hendon". It is within walking distance of Colindale tube station on the Northern line.

History
The College was opened on 31 May 1934 by the Prince of Wales, in the erstwhile buildings of Hendon Country Club, Hendon Aerodrome's club house (which had been used briefly as laboratories of the Standard Telephones and Cables company). The school was the brainchild of Lord Trenchard, who was Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis from 1931 to 1935. His experiences as second-in-command of the Royal Flying Corps' Central Flying School in 1913 and 1914 gave him a suitable background for the venture, whilst the location would have been known to him from his time as Chief of the Air Staff (1921”“1929). Trenchard's college was founded upon a modern and scientific approach to training. There were forensic laboratories, detective training facilities, and a police driving school. The college was closed between 1939 and 1949. When the Royal Air Force left Hendon in the 1960s, the Metropolitan Police decided to rebuild the college, and the new Peel Centre, named after Sir Robert Peel, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 31 May 1974, forty years to the day after her uncle opened the original Metropolitan Police College. The Queen has returned twice since then, on the 21 October 2001 when she dedicated the memorial to Metropolitan Police officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty, and on 3 January 2005 when she went to visit the Casualty Bureau dealing with British nationals missing after the Asian Tsunami. The last course at Hendon on the 17 week course finished on 6 July 2007 with a fly past from India 99, a Metropolitan Police helicopters. Recruits will now take part in the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) scheme.

Current use
The centre is run by the Director and Co-ordinator of Training, who is responsible for overseeing the training received by new recruits. Between 2,000 and 2,500 recruits pass through the centre each year to undertake its 28-week non-residential basic training course. In addition, Special Constables complete their 23-day course (either as a weekdays intensive course or on 23 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays) at Hendon. The centre runs courses on many aspects of police work, from forensic and crime scene analysis, to radio operations and driving skills. Police officers can expect to return to the centre at various times during their career. Part of the centre is dedicated to the investigations of serious crimes, including homicide. It also has extensive sports facilities. Training facilities include a mock court room, a road system and Brixley (formerly Kingsgate) police station, which is now used for training purposes only. The mock court room is also used by Transport for London for the training of Revenue Protection Inspectors. The Metropolitan Police Book of Remembrance is displayed in the entrance of Simpson Hall at the centre. There is also a memorial garden.

In popular culture
  • The College is briefly shown and referred to in the police comedy Hot Fuzz , where PC Nicholas Angel was a top graduate of the school.
  • Hendon has been regularly referred to by characters in The Bill .
  • Hendon has been regularly referred to by characters in Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars .
  • Some of the action in the film The Lavender Hill Mob takes place at Hendon Police College.