Policing a city as large, complex and culturally diverse as London presents a wide variety of challenges. It's why we're interested in new recruits with such a range of life experiences and backgrounds. And it's why the ability to build trust and relationships with very different people is so important. More than this, you need to take genuine pride in making the capital's neighbourhoods safer for everyone.
London is a 24 hour city, of course. So this is far from a 9-5 job. You have to be prepared for a lifestyle where shift work is the norm and the working day can be at night. You need to be prepared for difficult and dangerous situations too - though there's no reason to be daunted. Through our training, and the back-up of your team, you'll soon be ready to face anything.
Vision, Values, Standards & Behaviours
As London's Met, we have plenty to be proud of.
We're proud of the quality of our people, and the job we do to police London. 50,000 colleagues are dedicated to serving 8 million+ residents of one of the world's most dynamic and diverse global cities.
We're responsible for everything from foiling terrorists to helping people feel safe in their homes at night. Whenever people need us, we are there - always putting the safety of others above our own. It's a task that often calls for split-second decisions, in difficult circumstances, under intense public scrutiny.
And the most amazing thing? We do it all day, everyday.
The challenges we face
The capital is changing and we must change with it. We want to be a Met that looks and feels like London. And we want all of our communities to value our work and the difference it makes. There are tough budget and crime cutting targets to meet too - in an increasingly complex, connected world that's full of new risks and threats.
Our vision - what we want to achieve
The world's best organisations succeed because they are inspired by a strong vision. To make the scale of our ambition clear, the Met's vision is to:
- Make London the safest global city
- Be the best crime-fighters, by any measure
- Earn the trust and confidence of every community
- Take pride in the quality of our service
So people love, respect and are proud of London's Met.
Achieving our ambitions - values, standards and behaviours
Our shared values reflect the special nature and demands of policing London. They are so important to us, because they shape and guide the way we work.
Our standards of behaviour translate these values into practice, underpinned by the Code of Ethics followed by every police force in England and Wales.
How Total Policing will get us there
Delivered through interlinked strategies, Total Policing is our overall approach to delivering the Met's vision.
- Waging a total war on crime
- Showing compassion to victims
- Smart use of technology to be responsive and one step ahead
- Being totally professional in everything we do.