Being a detective constable in London is a rewarding career where you are able to see the impact that your hard work has in making London safer for everybody. In addition to the personal satisfaction that you gain, you will receive a competitive salary as well as a number of other benefits. Here are some of the things a career in policing at the Met offers.
Making a difference
As a Detective in the Met, you’ll play an important part in helping to protect over 9 million Londoners. You’ll work on a variety of investigations, interviewing suspects and taking offenders off the streets. Most importantly you will work closely with victim's helping to deliver the justice they deserve, all the time acting with the integrity that earns people’s trust.
As the largest police service in the UK we have a huge variety of units and specialisms offering you endless career opportunities. You could find yourself working in cybercrime, safeguarding a child or vulnerable adult or, as you move up the ranks, leading on the investigations. Ultimately, it will be up to you to choose your path and the only limit will be your ambition.
You will join and work alongside around 32,000 fellow officers, all with one common goal; to make London a safer place. From the moment you start your training, throughout your Met career you will work closely with officers who will have wide variety of skills and experiences.
As part of the Met family you will never feel alone, whether you need advice or a helping hand, you will always have support from your team and colleagues.
Varied and interesting work
Every investigation will be different; your day-to-day role could vary from recording and retaining evidence, preparing reports to interviewing suspects, giving evidence in court or supporting victims of crime. The size and diversity of London and the Met also means there is huge scope for new experiences, you could be investigating theft and burglary, missing persons, domestic abuse or knife crime and hate crime incidents. You’ll see a new side to London, learn new skills and discover new strengths within yourself.
Fully funded Diploma
The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) means you will be employed as an DC from day one, and spend time training with experienced officers on the frontline whilst also working towards a fully funded degree or graduate diploma
As a new full-time detective constable in the Met, your total starting salary package will be £31,686 per year (including London allowances) increasing to circa £33,000 on successful completion of your probationary period. Base salary increases annually and typically detective constable with seven years’ service can expect to earn circa £48,000 (including allowances.)
Salaries are made up of a basic salary + London weighting + London allowances. As a new detective, you’ll start receiving your salary after you’ve been attested on the first day of your Met Police training.
As a full-time DC in the Met you'll get 22 days paid annual holiday, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service. This is on top of public holidays and an average of two rest days each week.
You can also expect other forms of leave, including maternity, paternity and adoption leave, special leave (with or without pay), parental leave and career breaks of up to five years. If you have specific questions regarding leave of this nature, please contact your recruitment team for more information.
Whether you're on or off duty, you'll enjoy free travel on London Underground and buses, seven days a week, from the time you have completed your initial police training courses. You can also join our rail travel scheme for heavily discounted rail travel up to 70 miles from central London.
We recognise the importance of a work-life balance. We'll always try to take your individual, religious and cultural needs into account so you can fit your work around your personal commitments. As an emergency service with a 24/7 responsibility to the people of London, this may not always be possible.
When you start as a new detective, you'll automatically become a member of the New Police Pension Scheme 2015. This is a CARE (Career Average Revalued Earnings) pension scheme which offers a guaranteed pension with an optional lump sum, based on the earnings you receive during your career.
Both you and the Met will contribute and you will receive tax relief on the contributions you make. If you already have a pension it may be possible to transfer this into the police scheme.
Metfriendly (Metropolitan Police Friendly Society Limited) offers a number of financial services, including:
Discounts & subsidies
Many major High Street stores, retail outlets and other national organisations offer discounts and special deals to officers and many of the Met's sites have subsidised staff restaurants.
You can join our contributory private healthcare scheme and will also benefit from free eye tests and glasses if you regularly use a computer.
We are here for you. 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 (from counselling 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
We also have a number of dedicated Staff Support Associations (SSAs) who represent and support the needs and/or beliefs of their members. Should you wish to contact one of the SSAs before joining, to better understand what the association does, you can access a full list via the ‘Apply Now – support section'.
You, your family and friends will be able to access a huge number of subsidised leisure and sporting activities. There are nearly fifty different sports and social associations that you (and in many cases your family) can benefit from joining. For more information on the scope of sports and social activities that we offer, contact your recruitment team to request the information.