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Metropolitan Police - New Constables

New Police Constable

Pay & benefits

Pay

All new police constables in the MPS will receive a basic starting salary of £22,221 per annum rising to £36,885. All new constables will commence service at the start of the scale and will progress according to relevant Home Office guidelines and police regulations.

In addition to basic salary all Metropolitan Police officers receive London weighting and allowances currently amounting to approximately £6,615 per annum.

Leave

You can expect to have 22-30 days paid annual holiday, depending on your length of service. This is on top of public holidays and an average of two rest days per week.

In addition, we also make provision for a number of other forms of leave, including:

  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Special leave with pay
  • Special leave without pay
  • Parental leave
  • Career breaks of up to five years

Travel

All our police officers currently benefit from free travel on London Underground and buses. This is available seven days a week, whether you are on or off duty. New police constables appointed on or after 1 January 2014 will not receive the ATOC rail travel concession.

Flexible working

We provide a variety of flexible working options, helping you to fit your job around your other commitments. Some roles lend themselves more easily to flexible working than others, but every case is judged on its merits. However, whilst we will try to accommodate individual, religious and cultural needs, it must always be remembered that we are an emergency service with a 24/7 responsibility to the people of London. Candidates need to be aware that the operational demands of policing will always come before individual needs.

Therefore, before completing an application, you MUST understand the requirement to be available for duty at all times.

Pensions

On starting as a new police constable you will automatically become a member of the New Police Pension Scheme 2006 (NPPS). Membership is not compulsory and you have the option to leave if you wish. If you have built up pension rights in a previous employer’s pension scheme, or in a personal pension plan, you may be able to transfer your pension rights into the NPPS. You will be provided with full information regarding NPPS and your options when you start as a police constable.

Police Pensions, like others in the public service will change from April 2015 onwards. Further information is available at www.gov.uk/police-pension-reform#page-navigation

Key Worker Living

Key Worker Living is a government scheme, providing people with important jobs in London with housing assistance. For police officers, this could take the form of any of the following:

  • An equity loan of up to £50,000 to put towards the purchase of property
  • Shared ownership of new builds whereby you part-rent and part-buy your property
  • Intermediate rent whereby new blocks of apartments are let out at a higher rate than local authority rent but lower than private sector levels.

Financial services

Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Metfriendly (Metropolitan Police Friendly Society Limited) offers our staff and volunteers a number of financial services, including:

  • Savings products
  • Investment products
  • Protection products

These can be accessed via their website www.metfriendly.org.uk or on the MPS Intranet under 'Friendly Society'.

Discounts & subsidies

Being a Metropolitan police officer will give you access to a wide range of discounts and special deals with major High Street stores, retail outlets and other organisations nationwide.

You can save money on everything from food, clothes, furniture, electrical goods and DIY products to hotels, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, flights and holidays.

Many MPS locations also have subsidised staff restaurants, serving a good choice of two and three course meals for significantly less than you'd pay on the High Street.

Healthcare

We offer contributory private healthcare scheme to all our police officers, as well as other benefits such as free eye tests and spectacles for people who regularly use computers.

Training & development

We are committed to helping you develop your skills and career by giving you the opportunity to attend internal and external courses, occasionally providing extra time off and funding for study towards a professional qualification.

If you want to continue with your education, you will be able to apply for help towards the cost of the course, providing it is relevant to your role and career.

Personal support & advice

We pride ourselves on being a caring employer and provide a whole range of support initiatives to help with both you and your family's welfare. These include:

  • Support for employees with caring responsibilities (e.g. flexible working arrangements)
  • Occupational health and welfare counseling (from psychotherapy to financial guidance)
  • Resettlement and outplacement support and services
  • A subsidised convalescence home
  • Holiday play schemes to help with your childcare
  • A network of 'First Contacts' who you can talk to about anything on a one-to-one basis
  • Development and mentoring schemes
  • Membership of the Police Federation and staff associations to support and represent your needs.

Sports & social

The MPS offers all its employees, as well as their families and friends, a range of subsidised leisure and sporting activities and opportunities - including a number of clubs and societies run by COMETS, our sports and social association:

  • Angling Society
  • Excelsior @ NSY Social Club
  • Golfing Society
  • Football Club
  • Road Running Club
  • MPA Sports and Social Club

COMETS also organise discounted group trips and short breaks all over the world for members and their families, as well as running occasional outings such as the trips to the theatre and providing beneficial access to National Trust attractions and all venues associated with the Imperial War museum.

In addition to COMETS, our employees can join the Metropolitan Police Athletics Association, giving you access to the full range of friendly and competitive sporting activities on offer, including sailing, rugby, football, cricket, flying, squash, darts and bowls.

You can also become a member of one of our four sports clubs in Chigwell, Essex; Hayes, Kent; Imber Court, Surrey; and Bushey, Herts. Great places to unwind, each club has a gym, bar and active social club. They also organise special events, such as children's parties and wedding receptions, and allow you to hire the sports club facilities at greatly discounted rates.