We are committed to improving diversity and inclusion in the Met. We believe the Met should be representative of the people we serve in order to better respond to Londoners’ needs. Which is why we're looking for people from all backgrounds to join our supportive and exciting team.
We’re looking for candidates who share our values and competencies. Someone who wants to help make London safer. Someone with the commitment and resilience to prevent and reduce crime, and the empathy to get the best outcomes for victims. Someone like you?
The two-year Detective Constable pathway is open to degree holders; and you will work towards achieving a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.
Entry requirements are detailed below, alongside the standard officer eligibility criteria:
To be eligible for the Detective Constable pathway, you must have achieved a degree (level 6) qualification or above, in any subject area, from a UK higher education institute or be in the final year of study for your level 6 qualification at the point of application. We also accept an equivalent overseas degree supported by an ENIC Statement of Comparability (to confirm the UK level 6 equivalent of your overseas qualification)
If you hold an overseas degree you will also hold a functional level two English qualification.
All qualifications will have to be evidenced before a formal offer is issued and you are able to take up the post of a Detective Constable.
You must be 17 or older when applying to be a detective constable. Applicants who are 17 will progress through the recruitment process, however your start date with MPS would need to be after your 18th Birthday.
The upper age limit for applications to become a detective is 57. This normally provides enough time for you to take part in the recruitment process and complete a probationary period before the normal retirement age of 60.
You must declare any other employment or business interests you intend to maintain, if offered a detective constable position. We will need to check that these are not in conflict with employment in the Met in any way.
Ideally, you shouldn't have a criminal conviction or cautions record. If you do have one, eligibility will depend on the age and nature of the offence. We're unable to confirm whether your convictions record will affect your application before you apply, but will determine this from the full and confidential information provided during the recruitment and selection process.
If you don't tell us about any cautions, investigations or criminal convictions that may be linked to you at an early stage, your application could be refused simply because you weren't open and up front, whereas it might have been accepted if you were. If in any doubt, disclose the information.
You must meet the police eyesight standards agreed by the College of Policing.
It's important that you're not under pressure from un-discharged debts or liabilities and that you can manage loans and debts sensibly.
Whilst our health and fitness requirements are not nearly as demanding as is often assumed, you will need to be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the job. Certain medical conditions may prevent this.
If you undertake some form of regular exercise, there should be no issue with meeting the physical requirements in the fitness test. This means achieving level 5.4 on the 'bleep test', start preparing now by watching our YouTube videos for tips.
Membership of groups and/or organisations that contradict our competencies, values or ethics and our responsibility to promote race equality, are prohibited.
The Met won't accept applications from anyone who is, or has been, a member or groups and/or organisations including, but not limited to, the British National Party (BNP), National Front, Combat-18 or similar.
If you’re from outside the UK, it’s essential that you have indefinite leave to abode and work in the UK. Due to changes in legislation, members of the European Economic Area (EAA) are now required to have ILR or EU settled status..
Whilst you are able to apply to more than one police service at a time, you will only be able to sit an assessment centre with one service.
This contradicts everything the role of a police officer stands for. If you are currently using any illegal drugs, this will rule you out of the recruitment process automatically. You will be required to undertake a substance misuse test as a part of the pre-employment checks in the recruitment process.
If you have any previous drugs related cautions or convictions, please look at the Cautions, Convictions and Vetting section on this page.
This tattoo policy is new from October 2018, and significantly different to our previous policy. If you weren't eligible to work with us in the past because of your tattoos, you may now be able to work for the Met and consider applying for roles.
Some tattoos will stop you working for the Met. You can't work for the Met if you have tattoos on:
the sides and front of your neck above the collar line
You will be allowed to work for the Met if you have tattoos:
on your hands
on the back of your neck
below your collar line
on your ears
behind your ears
Sometimes we'll require you to cover up these tattoos for policing events such as state funerals or ceremonial events.
Even if you have tattoos in the allowed places, we can't allow you to join the Met if any of the tattoos could be considered:
political in nature
Tattoos like this aren't compatible with the values of the Met.
If you have larger visible tattoos on your hands or back of the neck which cannot be easily covered, or are not discreet, then this could still be disqualified during the recruitment process. Decisions regarding appropriateness of tattoos are made at the sole discretion of the Met.
If you apply for a role with us, we'll ask you to declare information about your tattoos. When we meet we'll check that you comply with our tattoo policy.
This won't be an intrusive check, but we will need to see your tattoos and talk to you about them as part of the recruitment process.