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.