- This is an article about the location in the time of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For the modern police force and location, see New Scotland Yard.
| Scotland Yard |
|Location||4 Whitehall Place, London|
|Owner||Metropolitan Police Service|
Scotland Yard, officially New Scotland Yard, is another name for the Metropolitan Police Service, and is also the name of the building where it has its headquarters. The name derives from the location of the original Metropolitan Police headquarters at 4 Whitehall Place, which had a rear entrance on a street called Great Scotland Yard.
The Metropolitan Police Service is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in Greater London, excluding the "square mile" of the City of London, which is the responsibility of the City of London Police.
Depiction in the canon
Sherlock Holmes is often consulted by Scotland Yard to help in difficult crimes. Inspector Lestrade is a detective in Scotland Yard, and appears in several stories asking for help from Holmes. The detectives of Scotland Yard are generally depicted as bumbling and incapable in the original stories. As a rule they are fairly nice, but are not good at their jobs, and look up to Holmes, although few of them are willing to acknowledge this in public.