About Us

The Society of Official Metropolitan Interpreters UK Ltd (SOMI UK) is a non-profit making body, Limited by Guarantee.

The Metropolitan Police List of Official Interpreters has been in existence for a very long time and has served the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) well.

All MPS interpreters are required to be on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters or the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) and are vetted to CTC level or above by the MPS. They are professional interpreters with academic qualifications and proven experience of interpreting within the criminal justice system, working for the MPS and other law enforcement agencies, as well as HM Court Service, Crown Prosecution Service, UKBA, Customs & Excise, Probation Service and Solicitors.

SOMI UK was created in 2009 by a group of interpreters following the introduction of the MPS Language Programme, in order to have our own representative body to deal with the changes in the language provision. Our Society is separate from any other organisation and devoted exclusively to MPS interpreters. Its purpose is to make representations on behalf of its members, to advocate for their rights and interests, and to liaise and negotiate with work providers and official bodies.

We wish to promote and maintain high standards of professional interpreting and translation and provide opportunities for our members to meet, exchange ideas and information. We also provide a forum in which our members can network and discuss common objectives and issues of mutual interest.

Membership is open to all official MPS Interpreters upon provision of the correct documents as specified in our application form, and members must undertake to abide by the SOMI UK Code of Practice.