2. Our recruitment and selection process

Before you apply, you should read through the following sections to prepare yourself so that your application has the best chance of success. The different steps of the recruitment process are detailed below, so you know what to expect at each stage.

The Met has been, and will continue to, follow the advice issued by government in relation to how we should all respond given the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result, we have moved the majority of our assessment processes online.

The first stage is simple, you will need to complete an online application form which covers our minimum criteria and eligibility for the role. You will need to select the DHEP detective route, ensuring you meet the eligibility requirements. On receipt of your application, we will conduct a basic security check, which will take around seven days.

The online assessment process consists of a three-part approach designed for the efficient assessment and recruitment of constables. The three parts are:

Part 1 – Situational judgement test (SJT).

This test measures your ability to choose the appropriate action in situations similar to those you are likely to face as a constable. This test will measure your judgement and ability to make effective decisions against the Competency and Values Framework for Policing.

Part 2 – Competency-based interview

You will be asked a series of questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. This is your opportunity to provide some examples of the key competencies and values that are important for constables. You can use examples from both your work and your personal life. If you have completed stage 1, you will be required to take stage 2 immediately upon completion.

Part 3 – Written assessment and briefing exercise

Part 3a – Written assessment

In this exercise, you will assume the role of a police constable and will have to complete an urgent written task for your line manager. You will receive four items of information to help you with this task.

Part 3b – Briefing exercise

In this exercise, you will assume the role of a police constable and will have responsibility for dealing with some issues presented to you. You will be tasked with providing a response to a number of questions in relation to this issue. You will be provided with preparation materials to consider your answer.

Please note that you will receive and be able to take parts 3a and 3b separately.

Required technology

  • You can complete the exercises on any internet-enabled device with a camera (laptop, tablet or phone), but to ensure full compatibility with the online platform, the following should be set up.
  • Your operating system should be Windows 7 (or higher) or Mac OS 10.11 (or higher).
  • Your browser should be the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari (Apple products only).
  • You should have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed, and you require a webcam and microphone to record responses.

This test is designed to measures candidates your ability to extract information from written sources and make an objective judgment based on that information. This is a timed, online assessment.

In addition to the Day One Constable assessment centre, you will be required to undertake a Detective specific assessment, which has been designed to replicate the tasks and scope of work you’ll face when in the role. The Detective specific exercises will be conducted in person and will be assessed against the Competency and Values Framework. There are two parts to this stage of the assessment, including:

  • Part 1 – In-tray exercise
  • Part 2 – Briefing exercise

You will be invited to attend a medical health assessment, carried out by a registered professional. This includes eyesight, hearing, and blood pressure tests.

Further checks will also be conducted including DNA, fingerprint, and substance misuse tests.

You will also undertake a job specific fitness test. The fitness test is a multi-stage shuttle run (MSSR) and individuals need to achieve level 5.4 (the aerobic requirement of the officer safety training).

Download the Met's six-week training programme to help to prepare you for the job-related fitness test.

You will then undergo both employer and personal reference checks and security checks to gain security clearance.

The background checks that we conduct here are more in-depth than those conducted at eligibility stage via the Police National Computer (PNC). We search many national and local information databases, as well as social media platforms.

It is essential that you are open, honest and transparent with us when completing the initial Recruitment Application form and also the Vetting Questionnaire form towards the end of the process.

Not disclosing information on your vetting form may delay you joining or even mean your application is rejected. If in doubt, seek advice and/or declare the information on your forms.

Once your security clearance has been obtained, you have completed all stages of the recruitment process and will receive an offer of employment. It is at this point that we will work with you to finalise a date for starting your detective constable career to start and provide you with details of the Higher Education Institute that you’ll be attending in partnership with the Met to complete your graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

The recruitment process can take several months from start to finish and therefore it is essential you complete what is required of you at each stage promptly to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

If you have questions about the recruitment process, the progress of your application or anything else along the way to becoming a detective constable, please contact the recruitment team:

The recruitment team is currently experiencing a high call volumes due to Covid-19 enquiries. We encourage you to direct your questions via live chat in the first instance.

Live chat with recruitment team (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 8:00pm)

Phone: 01633 632500

Email: enquiries.policejobs@sscl.gse.gov.uk

Additional support

Outreach recruitment

The Met’s Outreach recruitment team host and attend a number of community events across London’s boroughs and are well placed to answer questions that you may have regarding officer or staff careers.

Contact the Outreach recruitment team by email.

Staff Support Associations (SSA)

SSAs have been a catalyst for change within the Met and act as a critical friend for the Met when initiating inclusion and diversity actions to achieve the best conditions for all staff. These groups support the different interests of staff and officers that they represent and can be a good source of information and advice when considering joining the Met.

The associations include groups across protected characteristics (disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation) and have been listed below. Should you wish to speak to a particular SSA (listed below) email, StaffSupportAssociations@met.police.uk and let us know which group you would like to contact).

  • Association of Muslim Police
  • Association of Senior Women Officers
  • British Association for Women in Policing
  • Jewish Police Association
  • London Christian Police Family
  • Metropolitan Police Black Police Association
  • Metropolitan Police Disability Staff Association
  • Metropolitan Police Hindu Association
  • Metropolitan Police Humanists
  • Metropolitan Police Ibero-American Association
  • Metropolitan Police Italian Association
  • Metropolitan Police Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Network
  • Metropolitan Police Polish Association
  • Metropolitan Police Service Chinese & South East Asian Staff Association
  • Metropolitan Police Service Emerald Society (Irish Association)
  • Metropolitan Police Service Greek Cypriot Association
  • Metropolitan Police Service Turkish Association
  • Metropolitan Police Sikh Association
  • Network of Women