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We're looking for people with the desire and commitment to help protect London's communities from crime and the causes of crime. That's why we have a thorough application and assessment process, which is designed to help us select the very best people.

Please make sure that you're fully aware of the whole process and meet the eligibility criteria before you apply.

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Recruitment Process

Before you apply, you need to ensure that you've done everything you can so that your application has the best chance of success.


Initial Assessments

  • Met Police - Online Assessments

    This is where you give us your personal details and show that you meet our eligibility requirements.


Day One Assessment Centre

During this day at our selection centre in West Brompton, you'll experience a number of exercises which are specifically designed to bring out your strengths and evidence your potential to be a police constable with the Met. During the half day you will:

  • Sit an interview.
  • Participate in some interactive exercises.
  • Complete two video-based exercises.
  • Undertake a written exercise.
  • Work with another candidate in a scenario-based virtual reality exercise.

If you pass the assessment centre, we'll invite you to take our health assessment.


Initial Assessments

  • Registration and Online Eligibility Assessment
    Met Police - Online Assessments

    This is where you give us your personal details and show that you meet our eligibility requirements.

Day One Assessment Centre

During this day at our selection centre in West Brompton, you'll experience a number of exercises which are specifically designed to bring out your strengths and evidence your potential to be a police constable with the Met. During the half day you will:

  • Sit an interview.
  • Participate in some interactive exercises.
  • Complete two video-based exercises.
  • Undertake a written exercise.
  • Work with another candidate in a scenario-based virtual reality exercise.

If you pass the assessment centre, we'll invite you to take our health assessment.




Health assessment

This will also be at our Selection Centre in West Brompton. You'll take the Job Related Fitness Test and a medical assessment.

A medical assessment is carried out by a registered nurse which includes checks on your eyesight, hearing, blood pressure and body mass. Substance misuse testing, DNA testing and finger printing will also be undertaken as part of your health assessment.

References and security checks

After you've passed the health assessment, the final stage is to check your employer and personal references and for you to pass security clearance.

Once we've cleared all the relevant documents, you'll receive a formal offer of an appointment and start date for your Police Training Course.

Police Constable Stages of Recruitment

  • Complete online registration
  • Complete the online Realistic Job Preview
  • Notification and invitation of Police SEARCH
  • Complete Police SEARCH
  • Complete Day Two Medical and Fitness Test
  • Complete security vetting clearane and reference checks
  • Offer of start date for the Police Training Course
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    Complete Pre-Application Questionnaire.

  • WEEKS 1-4

    STAGE 1

    Complete the online registration of interest form including minimum eligibility criteria questions.

    STAGE 2

    Complete the online Realistic Job Preview and full application form.

  • WEEKS 5-8

    STAGE 3

    Complete the initial assessment.

    • Behaviour Styles Questionnaires
    • Situational Judgement Test
    • London Factor Assessment
    • Language Assessment

    STAGE 4

    Met make initial checks on the application form.

    STAGE 5

    Notification and invitation of Police SEARCH Day One Assessment Centre via phone + confirmation email.

  • WEEKS 9-11

    STAGE 6

    Complete Police SEARCH Day One Assessment Centre.

    STAGE 7

    Notification and invitation of Day Two Medical and Job Related Fitness Test via email.

  • WEEK 12

    STAGE 8

    Complete Day Two Medical and Job Related Fitness Test.

  • WEEKS 13-16

    STAGE 9

    Complete security vetting clearance and reference checks.
    (This can take up to 4 weeks or longer depending on individual circumstances).

    STAGE 10

    Offer of start date for the Police Training Course.
    (we aim to give one months notice).

The new police constable recruitment process is intensive and involves many different stages. This is to ensure we select people that we have confidence will make great police officers for London.

It can take several months for you to complete the process and timescales will also be dependent on individual circumstances. Job offers are not guaranteed until the final stage of the process.

Assessment Support

We realise that you'll want to be well prepared for your assessment. It's only natural. That's why we've put together a number of support options that will allow you to practise for the assessments and give you guidance on the interview and interactive exercises. This support includes:

  • Pre-Day one Assessment Workshops *

    These face to face group sessions will talk you through what you can expect from your assessment. It's a chance to experience examples of the exercises as well as receive guidance on the interview and interactive exercises. As part of these you'll have:

    • Extended timeframes to allow you time to practice all aspects of the Day One assessment
    • A thorough session to enable you to feel confident and to leave with as much knowledge as possible and what to expect on Day One.
  • Staff-Support Associations

    You'll also have the opportunity to speak to independent Staff-Support Associations. These groups support the different interests of staff and officers they represent and can be a good source of information and advice.

    • Association of Muslim Police
    • Association of Senior Women Police Staff
    • British Association for Women in Policing
    • Chinese & South East Asian Staff Association
    • Christian Police Association
    • Female Senior Staff Association
    • Gay Police Associaion
    • Greek Staff Association
    • Jewish Police Association.
    • Metropolitan Black Police Association
    • MPS Disability Staff Association
    • MPS Emerald Society
    • MPS Hindu Association
    • MPS Ibera-American Association
    • MPS Italian Association
    • MPS Polish Association
    • MPS Sikh Association
    • MPS Transgender Staff Support Association
    • MPS Turkish Association.

    If you'd like to speak to a Staff-Support Association during the recruitment process, please email (ensuring you let us know which one you'd like to contact) the relevant association.

*We are currently only offering these support options to Black and Minority Ethnic groups and Females who are under-represented in the Service.

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Being a full-time officer isn't for everyone. But you can still make a valuable contribution to London by volunteering for the Met as a special constable. To find out more, visit www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/specials

Contact us

If you're not sure of any aspects of our recruitment process for new Police Constables, or just want to ask a question about eligibility, please contact our recruitment team:

Telephone: 0845 366 5559
Email: metpolicerecruitment@penna.com

FAQs

  • Becoming a police officer
    • Are you currently recruiting for new Police Constables?

      A: Yes, we are currently recruiting for Police Constables. Please visit the apply page to check if you are eligible.

    • Do I need to be a particular nationality, age or height to become a new Police Constable?

      A: Our eligibility rules cover a variety of factors. The eligibility page gives you full details of all the criteria, but here's a brief overview:

      Nationality - You can apply if you're either a national of any country in the EEA (or Switzerland), or you have leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period. You must also live in the UK free of restrictions or have an entitlement to do so.

      Age - You should be aged between 18 and 57. PCs retire at 60, so this allows for your two year probationary period and at least one year's service.

      Residency - You will need to have lived in London within the geographical area covered by the Met 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. There are some exemptions to this - if you've been serving in the armed forces, are a Met special constable with independent patrol status, or are a current member of police staff who has passed their probationary period with the Met, the London residency criteria will not apply.

      If you've been working for the UK government, you can apply if you've lived in a London borough for three of the last six years discounting any periods of time where you have been deployed overseas or across the UK. We'll only check that you meet these requirements if we make a conditional job offer.

      Height - There are no height restrictions, but you must pass our fitness and medical tests. Discover what these tests involve in the fitness section.

      Tattoos - If you have a tattoo on your face, hands or visible above the collar line, you cannot apply to join the Met in any role. The same applies if you have a tattoo anywhere on your body that can be considered to be offensive to any religion or belief, or is in any way discriminatory, violent or intimidating.

    • Can I apply to become a new Police Constable if I have a criminal conviction/caution?

      A: Generally you must not have any criminal convictions or cautions. But there are some exceptions, which depend on your age at the time, how long ago it was and the nature of the offence. We'll take all this into account before we make a decision.

      If you have a criminal conviction/caution record, we'll check and assess the circumstances fully before we make a judgement. So it's a good idea to wait until you hear our decision before you commit to a CKP course.

      For more information please visit the Cautions, Convictions and Vetting section of this site.

    • What qualifications do I need to become a new Police Constable?

      A: To be eligible for recruitment as a Police Constable 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.

    • Does having a disability affect my application?

      A: The Equality Act 2010 applies to all our roles, so you're welcome to apply if you have a disability and we'll make all reasonable adjustments to selection processes and/or the work environment to accommodate you. If you need specific information, please call the Recruitment Medical Centre on 0207 161 6373 or e-mail
      HR-MedicalEnquiry@met.police.uk

    • What hours and shifts am I likely to have to work?

      A: The nature of policing means there's no such thing as a 9-5 police officer. You'll work around 40 hours a week, depending on the needs of the public. Normally, this involves five eight-hour shifts, including nights and weekends, although patterns can vary according to our needs.

    • Which London boroughs does the Met police?

      A: The Metropolitan Police area covers all 32 London boroughs. You can check the boundaries on the Met Borough Map

  • Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP)
    • What is the CKP?

      A: The CKP is a qualification all new Police Constable applicants need to have. As a national qualification on the Qualifications Credit Framework, it's available to anyone over 16 (although you can't become a Met PC until you're at least 18).

      On the CKP course you'll gain an understanding of policing and police law, and some of the critical decision-making skills you'll need as a PC.

      You will complete the CKP as part of your initial training period once you have joined us

  • Other police applications
    • Can I apply to be a new Police Constable if I'm a serving member of Met Police Staff (including PCSOs) or a serving Met Special Constable?

      A: Yes, although we're not actively recruiting for new recruits at the moment. Please check PeoplePages of the internal Met intranet site for internal campaign updates.

    • Can I apply to be a new Police Constable if I am a serving police officer in another force or a former serving police officer in the Met who has left?

      A: Unfortunately, in this case you're not eligible to apply for a role as a PC.

    • Can I transfer a new Police Constable application to the Met from another force?

      A: Yes, if you've passed your Day One assessment at the required Met standard you can transfer your application. If your application's successful, you'll need to pass the CKP before you can start your training.

    • If I've already applied for a Met Police Staff role, can I also apply to be a PC in the Met?

      A: Yes, you can apply to be a Police Constable and the two applications will run together. When you apply to be a PC, please email HRApplications@met.police.uk to let them know you've also applied for a Met Police Staff role, including your name, address, date of birth and the job you've already applied for.

      If we offer you a role and you accept it, we'll stop your other application. If you take a Met Police Staff role (including PCSO), you'll need to serve for at least a year before you can apply for other roles in the Met. This includes Police Constables (different conditions apply to Special Constables).

    • I have registered an interest and intend to apply for the Police Now Graduate Entry Programme. Can I also register an interest and apply to be a new PC?

      A: In this case there's no need to register a separate interest. If you're not successful in your Police Now application, we'll ask you if you want to re-direct your application to apply for a new PC role.

  • Recruitment process
    • What support can be provided to me during the recruitment and selection process?

      A: You'll find details in the assessment support information on this site.

    • Do you make any adjustments for people with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia?

      A: A: If you have a specific learning difficulty, you can ask us to make reasonable adjustments to the assessment process. You'll need to give us evidence of your condition from a qualified professional such as a chartered psychologist and their report or assessment should have been done since your 16th birthday. This will be reviewed by the College of Policing and they'll recommend what reasonable adjustments we should make.

      You can find information on how to get an assessment for a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, or a report to show you have a specific learning difficulty on the British Dyslexia Association website.

    • If my new Police Constable application is not successful, when can I re-apply?

      A: You can re-apply from 3 months after the date we tell you the outcome of your application. But before you apply again you should think about addressing the reason we rejected you.

    • Is there an appeals process and if so, how do I appeal?

      A: There is a limited appeals process if you've been unsuccessful in applying for a post in the Met Police. We'll only consider appeals submitted on the appeals pro-forma within 21 days of being notified that your application's been rejected. You'll need justification that there may have been:

      An abuse of process - either an intentional act or failure to apply Service policy or the instructions published specifically for the purpose and/or:

      • A perverse decision - a decision that has not been justified, or which indicates an error or inappropriate judgement/action by the people involved in the process
      • Cause for an appeal relating to medical grounds, disability discrimination or vetting decisions.

      The first step is to download and complete an appeal form. Then email it to hr.appeals@met.police.uk within 21 days of receiving our notification that you've been unsuccessful. We can't accept appeals sent after this time.

    • What is a Health Assessment and what does it involve?

      A: These physical assessments make certain that you can meet the physical and mental demands of the PC role. They include a Job Related Fitness Test and a medical assessment which incorporates both eye and hearing tests. Your height and weight will be measured, and your blood pressure will be checked. The tests and requirements of the Health Assessment, and how to prepare for them, are explained in Fit for the Job document.

    • Do I need to pass a fitness test and what does it involve?

      A: Yes, all new recruits need to be fit and healthy. We'll check this with a medical assessment and a fitness test, known as the Job Related Fitness Test. This is your chance to prove that you're fit for the job and involves shuttle runs (it's known as the Multi-stage Shuttle Run Test or Bleep Test).

    • Who can I contact if I have a medical query?

      A: The Fit for the Job document has information on our medical fitness requirements. It's important to email the Recruitment Medical Team if:

      • You have a medical condition for which you are currently receiving medication or are under hospital review
      • You've missed more than a week at work / university because of a health problem
      • You have a condition that might affect your ability to walk or do vigorous physical exercise
      • You'd like advice about whether a health problem or disability might affect your application.
    • Do I have to register with a General Practitioner (GP)?

      A: Please make sure you're registered with an NHS GP and that you don't move to another GP during the recruitment process. Our Medical Practitioners will need to contact your GP about your medical history - they need to review a form that's been signed off by a GP who holds your medical notes to satisfy the Home Office. You can't enter the Police Service unless this is done.

    • What does the police foundation training involve?

      A: You can find out what the foundation training involves here.

    • Will I have to pass a probationary period?

      A: Yes, your training doesn't end with the recruits' course. You'll continue to receive training and guidance throughout your two-year probationary period.

  • Salary
    • What is the salary for Police Constables and when will I start to be paid?

      A: As a new Police Constable in the Met, your total starting salary will be £27,105 per annum. This is made up of a basic salary of £20,370 a year, plus London weighting and allowances of £6,735.

      After completion of your Certificate in Knowledge of Policing within your initial training period, this will automatically increase to £30,321, made up of a basic salary of £23,586, plus London weighting and allowances of £6,735. This rises to a current maximum of £39,150 plus London allowances in line with relevant Home Office guidelines and police regulations.

      You'll start receiving your salary after you've been attested on the first day of your Met Police Foundation Training course in line with relevant Home Office guidelines and police regulations.