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 - We ordinarily have a residency criteria that means our Police Constables need to have lived in London for a minimum of three years, within the last six. We are temporarily extending the opportunity to join the Met and Do Something Real to non-Londoners, as part of our drive to recruit more than 2,500 officers. This provides a real opportunity for those living outside of London to fulfil their ambition of working for the Met. This will be a time limited opportunity, and will run in parallel to our existing drive to encourage more Londoners to join.
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 - As of October 2018 we have a new tattoo policy which is significantly different to our previous policy. If you weren't eligible to work with us in the past because of your tattoos, you may now be allowed to work for the Met and consider applying for roles. For more details please visit the tattoo section of this site.