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New Police Constable

Recruitment update: As of 1 August 2014, we’re changing the eligibility criteria and you will need to have lived in London within the geographical area covered by the MPS for at least three of the last six years to be eligible to apply. 

Recruiting new constables with a knowledge and understanding of London (through living in the capital) will enable more effective operational policing through better understanding of local issues, a deeper knowledge of local communities and a more direct understanding of the diversity of cultures. Please view the FAQ’s page for more information.  

If you do not meet the residency criteria for new police constables why not consider joining the Met as a volunteer police officer. For just 16 hours per month, you can wear the same uniform and have the same powers and responsibilities as a regular police officer. To find out more and to apply please visit our special constable pages.

Special constables who have completed 200 hours of operational service and have gained their Independent Patrol Status can apply to become a new police constable through internal application processes. All special constables must successfully pass the recruitment and selection process for new police constables and will be subject to reference and vetting checks before they are offered the role of new police constable. Due to their policing experience Specials are not required to have the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing  and do not need to meet the London residency criteria.

We are now recruiting for new police constables.

The first part of the application process is to register your interest. When you register you will also undertake a job preview questionnaire and an eligibility assessment.

Certain other requirements must also be met in order to join us as a new police constable. Please also use our pre-application questionnaire which has been designed to help you check if you meet the MPS eligibility requirements to apply before making an online registration.

After you have completed your online registration it is important that you familiarise yourself with the selection process.

Please note, to start a training course you must have attained the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.


  • Overview
    Metropolitan police officers occupy a key position in the communities of London, ensuring safety and security.
  • How to apply and selection process
    Find out how to apply and see if you have the personal qualities, motivation and commitment to meet the standard set by our selection process.

  • Certificate in Knowledge of Policing - Pre-Training Requirement
    Anyone who wants to apply to become a new police constable will need to have successfully completed the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing before starting a training course.
  • Who we're looking for
    To become a new police constable you need to meet our eligibility requirements and have the right personal qualities for the role.
  • Meet our officers
    Police officers come from all walks of life. Find out what it's really like and listen to some of their stories.
  • Job & Lifestyle
    At times routine and exciting, stressful and fun, the one thing that life as a police constable is not is predictable.
  • Assessment Support
  • We have a number of ways to help individuals through the assessment stage of the application process.
  • Training and development

    Discover how our police training course prepares you for the real thing.

  • Pay & benefits
    Police work is a uniquely rewarding career, offering an excellent salary and fulfilling experiences - even during training.
  • Current vacancies
    Register your interest in applying for our next campaign today.

    High Potential Development Scheme
    Providing all officers up to and including the rank of Chief Inspector with structured career development.
  • Graduate Entry Programme
    Find out more about our graduate entry programme for the next generation of police officers.
  • Answering your questions
    Frequently asked questions about the recruitment and selection process.

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