A: Our eligibility rules cover a variety of factors, so if you haven't already taken the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, please check that you're eligible BEFORE you do. The eligibility pagegive 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 - To be a PC you must have lived in a London borough policed by the Met for at least three of the last six years, unless you're applying as a transferee PC from another police service. If you've been abroad serving in the armed forces or working for the UK government, you can apply if you've lived in a London borough for three of the last six years you've lived in the UK. We'll only check that you meet these requirements if we make a conditional job offer.
If you live outside London, you can still apply to become a Special Constable or a member of our Police Staff.
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.