Nationality & residency criteria
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be British to join the MPS. In fact, you can be of any nationality as long as you’ve been resident in the UK for at least the three years immediately prior to applying. In addition, specific visa and leave to remain criteria must be met, depending on the area of the MPS you wish to join.
Police officers, police transfers and re-joiners, and special constables
Candidates for these roles, who are neither a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or a Swiss national, 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. Although Bulgaria and Romania are members of the EEA, their citizens are not automatically entitled to remain in the United Kingdom. Therefore citizens from Bulgaria and Romania are also required to have leave to enter and leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period.
Any applicant for other roles within the MPS who is not a British Citizen, or a member of the EEA, must have a visa entitlement to live and work in the UK for a period of time sufficient to recoup the recruitment and training costs for the role. The timescales are as follows:
Police staff in administrative rolesCandidates must have 1.5 years left to run on their visa at the point of application.
Police community support officers and police staff in communication officer and other specialist roles requiring extensive training (including designated detention officers) -Candidates must have 2.5 years left to run on their visa at the point of application.
If a candidate has not resided in the United Kingdom for the three years prior to submitting an application, the application cannot be accepted. The only exceptions are for British military personnel serving abroad, ie Army, Navy and Royal Air Force, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and police officer transfers, providing they meet the re-joiners criteria.
Applicants must satisfy BOTH the nationality and residency criteria to be eligible for appointment.
As of 1 October 2006, the age criteria (at the time of application) is as follows:
Police community support officers
18–62½ years old
18–57 years old
New constables and experienced officers
18–57 years old
Police (civilian) staff: 16 years, except where the role involves shift work where the minimum age will be 18 years.
All employees of the MPS, whether they wear a uniform or not, are in a
position of responsibility and trust. As such they should be law-abiding
citizens with proven integrity. If you have previously been convicted
of a criminal offence or had involvement with the police your suitability
will be subject to careful consideration.
We also have a policy of prohibiting any of our officers, staff and volunteers from becoming members of the BNP or similar organisations whose aims or pronouncements may contradict the duty to promote race equality.
As a candidate for employment with the Metropolitan Police Service you should present a professional image, and be sensitive to the impression you will make on members of the public.
Anyone who has a tattoo which could be construed as offensive to any religion or belief, or is in any way discriminatory, violent or intimidating, will not be accepted to join the MPS. This is irrespective of wherever the tattoo appears on your body.
Tattoos on the face, visible above a collar line or on the hands are not acceptable for any role within the MPS.
All other tattoos MUST be covered. E.g. If you have a tattoo on your forearm, you must wear a long sleeved shirt at all times when on duty/ or at work.
As part of the application process you will be required to supply a photograph/s of any tattoo/s you have and a decision will be made as to whether the tattoo/s complies with our dress code. If the tattoo/s is considered unacceptable then your application will be rejected.
Disability and health queries
The Equality Act 2010 applies to all appointments in the Metropolitan
Police Service and we welcome applications from individuals with disabilities.
Adjustments will be made to selection processes and / or the working environment
provided it is reasonable in all circumstances to do so.
For more specific medical information / conditions please speak directly to the Recruitment Medical Centre on 0207 161 6373 or 0207 161 6376 or e-mail HR-MedicalEnquiry@met.police.uk