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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.

  • Met Police - Online Assessments

    This gives you a number of statements and asks you whether you completely agree or disagree with them on a sliding scale.

  • Met Police - Online Assessments

    This will ask you to say which of a series of statements is most like you.

    After this stage, you'll receive the results of all your assessments in Stages 3-5. If you pass, we'll invite you to a Day One assessment centre.


Day One Assessment Centre

During this day at our selection centre in West Brompton, you'll experience a number of exercises designed to bring out your strengths. These will include:

  • Met Police - Assessment Centre

    Four questions about how you've dealt with specific situations in the past.

  • Met Police - Assessment Centre

    A series of multiple choice questions that will measure your ability to use numbers rationally, identify logical relationships between them and draw conclusions from them.

  • Met Police - Assessment Centre

    You'll answer multiple choice questions that measure your ability to make sense of a situation from specific written information about it.

  • Met Police - Assessment Centre

    Each of these interactive exercises will involve five minutes of preparation and five minutes of the role-play with an actor. These will enable us to see how you react to certain situations.

    If you pass the assessment centre, we'll invite you to take our Medical and Fitness 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.

  • Behavioural Styles Questionnaire
    Met Police - Online Assessments

    This gives you a number of statements and asks you whether you completely agree or disagree with them on a sliding scale.

  • London Factor Assessment
    Met Police - Online Assessments

    This will ask you to say which of a series of statements is most like you.

    After this stage, you'll receive the results of all your assessments in Stages 3-5. If you pass, we'll invite you to a Day One assessment centre.

Day One Assessment Centre

During this day at our selection centre in West Brompton, you'll experience a number of exercises designed to bring out your strengths. These will include:

  • A 20-Minute Structured Interview
    Met Police - Assessment Centre

    Four questions about how you've dealt with specific situations in the past.

  • A 23-Minute Numerical Reasoning Test
    Met Police - Assessment Centre

    A series of multiple choice questions that will measure your ability to use numbers rationally, identify logical relationships between them and draw conclusions from them.

  • A 30-Minute Verbal Logical Reasoning Test
    Met Police - Assessment Centre

    You'll answer multiple choice questions that measure your ability to make sense of a situation from specific written information about it.

  • Four 10-Minute Interactive Role-Play Scenarios
    Met Police - Assessment Centre

    Each of these interactive exercises will involve five minutes of preparation and five minutes of the role-play with an actor. These will enable us to see how you react to certain situations.

    If you pass the assessment centre, we'll invite you to take our Medical and Fitness assessment.




Medical and Fitness assessment

The medical and fitness assessment is known as Day Two.

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

The medical assessment is carried out by a registered nurse and checks things like your eyesight, hearing, blood pressure and body mass. Substance misuse testing, DNA testing and finger printing will also be undertaken as part of your Day Two.

References and security checks

After you've passed the medical and fitness 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.

Please note: to be offered a place on the training course, you must have successfully attained the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) qualification.

Police Constable Stages of Recruitment

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

    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. Successful candidates applying as part of a language campaign (who also meet all of the assessment and vetting requirements) are likely to join the Met within six months from application submission. Offer of a start date for the Police Training Course is subject to the successful completion of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) course.

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 tests and give you guidance on the interview and interactive exercises. This support includes:

  • Pre-online Assessment Workshops *
    • Face to face sessions with a trained facilitator (Maximum of 8 per session)
    • Chance to see what the online assessments will look like
    • Ask questions in a non-assessment environment
    • Practise the Situational Judgement Test, Behavioural Styles Questionnaire and London Factor Assessments.
  • 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 written and numerical 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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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: To see if the recruitment process is currently open, please check the apply page. If applications are closed you can still register your interest and you will be notified when applications open.

    • 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, 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.

    • 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. It's also essential that you have passed the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) before starting a training course.

    • 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. It's important to book onto and complete a course during the recruitment process, because if your application's successful, you'll need the CKP qualification by the time you start your training course.

      The CKP is valid for three years - or four years if you've been working as a Special Constable, Police Community Support Officer or other member of Police Staff.

      Having the CKP doesn't guarantee you a job as a PC - you'll still need to meet our criteria and pass our selection process.

    • How do I get a CKP?

      A: A number of training providers offer the CKP course, but we only accept certificates from providers approved by the College of Policing.

      The length and structure of the course will depend on the provider, but they should offer options for studying in the evenings and weekends, full-time or part-time. If you have a specific learning need, you can also ask them to make reasonable adjustments to the course and assessments.

      For full details and to enrol, you'll need to contact your chosen provider. You can find information on the CKP and a list of approved training providers on the College of Policing website.

    • Do I have to pay to go on the CKP and, if so, do you offer financial support?

      A: Yes, you will have to pay. The cost will depend on your CKP training provider, but you can expect it to cost around £800-£1000.

      We can offer financial support if you feel you can't fund the qualification yourself. To qualify for this support, you must apply before you pay for or start a CKP course.

      Option 1: CKP Trainee Placement Scheme - If you're on a full-time, Met-approved CKP course, we'll fully fund your course and offer you an optional interest free loan to cover living costs during your studies. We'll reclaim the costs directly from your salary when you start your job.

      Option 2: Met Interest Free Loan - We'll give you an interest free loan (based on your household income) to help fund your CKP course.

    • What mark do I need to gain to pass the CKP?

      A: The CKP course doesn't have a specific pass mark - you can only achieve a pass or a fail. If you fail, you'll need to speak to your course provider about the options available to you.

    • Do I need the CKP if I'm a serving Met Special Constable applying to be a PC?

      A: No. Due to your policing experience you will not require the CKP. If you've done 200 hours of operational service and have gained Independent Patrol Status, you can apply to become a new PC through internal campaigns.

    • Do I need the CKP if I'm a serving Met Police Staff member (including PCSO) and want to apply to become a new PC?

      A: Please check the requirements for serving PCSOs and Police Staff on the People Pages of the internal MET intranet site.

  • CKP Trainee Placement Scheme
    • How do I apply to the CKP Trainee Placement Scheme?

      A: If you'd like to enrol for the CKP Trainee Placement Scheme, choose this option on the online registration form when you apply. We'll formally take your submission at your Day Two assessment.

      We'll only give you a start date on the CKP course if you've successfully passed all your medical, fitness, fingerprints and substance misuse tests, and security vetting at your Day Two assessment.

    • How does the funding work for the CKP Trainee Placement Scheme?

      A: You won't be offered a salary during the course, but we offer two funding options, involving loans that you repay directly from your salary over 24 months when you start work. As these are interest free loans, you won't pay tax or National Insurance on them.

      1. Course fees: We'll loan you the cost of the CKP course by paying it directly to the course provider.

      2. Interest free loan: If you apply for this non-compulsory loan, we'll give you a pre-pay card with the payment made to you electronically. This amounts to £2,135 and is paid in two instalments, the first at the end of week 3 of the course and the second at the end.

      If your circumstances change before you've paid back the full loan, you'll need to pay the balance. If you're on unpaid leave due to maternity, adoption, maternity support or illness, the monthly payments will go on hold until you return to paid work, when they'll restart. If you leave the Met or move into a Police Staff role, we'll offset it against any pay, allowances or other benefits. If neither of these options recover the balance, the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime reserves the right to demand and enforce repayment at any time.

    • Can I choose where I study the CKP course if I select this option?

      A: Under the CKP Trainee Placement Scheme, you must study the CKP course with a Met approved provider at a training site in the London area. We'll email you details of the specific location during the selection process and you'll need to make your own living arrangements for the seven-week course.

    • What is the time commitment for the CKP course?

      A: You'll be attending the course on a full-time basis, five days a week (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm) for seven weeks. We'll only authorise absences in exceptional circumstances and if you don't attend you could be removed from the course and you won't gain the CKP qualification.

    • Can I transfer my current CKP course over to the Met CKP Trainee Placement Scheme?

      A: Unfortunately, you can't transfer your CKP training course over from another provider. If you want to join the Met CKP course, you'll need to enrol - and pay - again.

  • Met Interest Free Loan
    • How do I qualify for an Interest Free Loan?

      A: We'll offer you an interest free loan on these conditions:

      1. You must have lived in one of the 32 London boroughs covered by the Met for at least three of the last six years.
      2. You must not yet have paid for or started your training with a CKP provider.
      3. Your household income (the total earned by all the permanent residents at your current address) must be below £40,000.

      We'll consider your application for CKP funding once you've completed and passed your Day One assessment. Then we'll make appropriate checks to decide if you qualify for funding. If you do, we'll send an email letting you know and giving details of what to do next.

      All decisions are final with no appeals. If you register with a CKP provider before we make our decision and we decide not to fund you, you may have to pay your provider for the whole course or you could lose your deposit.

    • How do I request an interest free loan?

      A: When you complete the online registration, you can register your interest in financial support. By registering an interest you give us consent to provide your personal details (name, address and date of birth) to an external provider to make eligibility checks against the criteria for financial support. You'll also be consenting to take part in a salary deduction scheme to repay the loan when you start paid work with us.

    • How do I receive the course fee loan?

      A: We'll email you a Certificate of Funding from the Met, which you'll need to give to an approved CKP provider. They'll then invoice us.

      The Certificate is valid for three months, so you'll need to give it to your approved CKP provider within that time. You can only use it with one approved CKP provider - if you use it with more than one provider or with a non-approved provider, you'll be responsible for paying all your fees yourself.

    • How do I repay the loan?

      A: You'll repay the loans directly from your salary over 24 months when you start work as a new Police Constable through a salary deduction scheme, starting with your first month's salary.

    • What if my circumstances change before the loan is re-paid?

      A: As with the CKP Trainee Placement Scheme, if your circumstances change before you've paid back the full loan, you'll need to pay the balance. If you're on unpaid leave due to maternity, adoption, maternity support or illness, the monthly payments will go on hold until you return to paid work, when they'll restart. If you leave the Met or move into a Police Staff role, we'll offset it against any pay, allowances or other benefits. If neither of these options recover the balance, the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime reserves the right to demand and enforce repayment at any time.

  • 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 is the recruitment and selection process that follows acceptance of a new Police Constable application?

      A: Please take a look at the How to apply and selection information on this site, where you'll also find a stages of recruitment section.

    • 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 6 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. You also need to hold the CKP to re-apply.

    • 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 Day Two 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 Day Two, 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 £29,607 per annum. This is made up of a basic salary of £22,896 a year, plus London weighting and allowances of £6,711. This rises to a current maximum of £38,001 plus London allowances.

      You'll start receiving your salary after you've been attested on the first day of your Met Police Foundation Training course.