Training & career progression
We recognise that what's good for you and your career is good for us and the people of London too. As such we will try to provide the support and development opportunities you need to achieve your ambitions.
As a member of police staff, the precise nature of your training will depend on your particular role - a mixture of specialist and generalist courses to help give you the tools you need to do your job and develop your potential.
Internally, we run more than 150 courses, covering a diverse range of areas, including:
- Basic IT
- Communication skills
- Customer care
- Giving evidence
- Health & safety
- Leadership training
- Managing time & decision making
- Presentation skills
- Problem solving
- Project management
- Race hate crime.
Where feasible, we also provide extra time off and financial assistance so you can complete certain relevant external courses or professional qualifications that will be of benefit to your career with the MPS.
We also actively encourage all our police staff to make the most of the size and scope of the MPS and pursue opportunities to develop their careers wherever possible.
First and foremost, there is substantial potential to move up the ladder through promotion. In this way it is possible to reach senior management positions to compare with similar roles in the private sector.
You may even be able to take part in the Intensive Development Programme, which offers exceptionally talented police staff a structured, three-year training and development framework, combining a variety of work experience with key management and leadership training.
However, that's not all. As long as you have the appropriate skills and qualities, it is also possible to move into a different kind of role anywhere within the organisation, even if it is completely unrelated to that which you have been doing.
And there's no reason why your ambitions should be restricted to police staff positions. If you're interested in a uniformed role, we'll welcome your application. Your experience with the MPS may even help you during the selection process.
You will of course always be required to prove that you are suitable for whichever role you're interested in.
All promotions and transfers within the MPS are based entirely on merit. We can only promise that if you meet the basic requirements you will be considered for any role you express an interest in - the rest is up to you.