Being an Inspector or Superintendent with the MPS

While the focus of this programme is to attract individuals with exceptional leadership from outside policing, you will become a police officer when you join us. So you need to meet the same eligibility criteria as everyone else in the police service.

You will be a proven leader and will have been responsible for controlling and running an area of business. You will have been in charge of implementing and supervising plans and strategies formulated by more senior management. You will have been responsible for other members of staff and for ensuring that work is achieved through those you are responsible for. You will have also had to relay to more senior management how you have met your responsibilities whilst also being a voice to those you manage and develop.

Academic qualifications

To be eligible for recruitment as a Police Officer in the Met, you must hold a GCSE qualification in English Language at a grade C or above. If you do not have this qualification, we will also consider a higher level academic attainment (level 3 and above) in a UK qualification OR an English Language equivalent overseas qualification. Please note you will be asked to provide evidence of this at a later stage.

Criminal convictions

Ideally you should not have a criminal conviction or cautions record. The MPS need to be careful about recruiting people with cautions or convictions because:

  • Officers with criminal associations or convictions may be vulnerable to disclose information
  • Convictions and cautions for certain offences can undermine a police officer's position as a witness in court.

The MPS is unable to state whether your convictions record will affect your application before you apply. This will be determined from the full and confidential information provided during the recruitment and selection process.


Applicants from outside the EEA are required to have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period. Such applicants must reside in the UK free of restrictions or have an entitlement to do so.


You must have resided continuously in the UK for the three year period immediately prior to your application to join as a new police officer (with any absence from the UK being no more than six months during this time). If you have resided abroad due to serving in the British armed forces or on UK Government Service, you are considered to have been resident in the UK.


Anyone who has a tattoo which could be considered discriminatory, offensive, violent, intimidating or political in nature, is not eligible to apply for a position with the Met. Tattoos on the face, or on the front or side of your neck are not acceptable for any role in the Met. Tattoos on the back of your neck, below your collar line, or on your ears (providing they are small) are acceptable and do not prevent you from applying to join the Met.


Applications from people between the ages of 18 and 57 years at the time of application will be considered.

Financial position

Police officers are in a privileged position with regard to access of information and could be considered potentially vulnerable to corruption.

Applicants should not, therefore, be under pressure from un-discharged debts or liabilities and should be able to manage loans and debts sensibly.

Membership of BNP or similar organisations

Applicants should not be involved in any activity which is likely to interfere with the impartial discharge of their duties or which is likely to give rise to this impression amongst members of the public.

Other applications

Please note that you can only apply for one programme and one force at a time in any recruitment year, so, if you have already applied for the Direct Entry Superintendent programme (2019), or for Direct Entry Inspector to a different force, you will not be able to apply for Direct Entry Inspector without first withdrawing your Direct Entry Superintendent application or the Direct Entry Inspector application that was made to a different force.

Business interest

You must declare any other employment for hire or gain or any other business interests that you intend to maintain, when you apply to become a police officer.

A decision on whether you meet the eligibility criteria will be made on the basis of the full information provided during the recruitment and selection process.

Substance misuse

The use of illegal substances contradicts everything that the role of police officer stands for. We will not appoint anyone demonstrated to be misusing such substances.

Health & fitness

You don't need to be an Olympic athlete to be a police officer, however you must be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the job. Certain medical conditions may prevent this. To find out more, please download our Fit for the Job guide.