Officer promotion is important to the Met and there are many opportunities for high performers to progress to the next rank. We run promotion processes from Sergeant through to Chief Superintendent annually and all of our processes are open to both internal and external officers. More information on when our processes are run can be found in the ‘how to join’ section.
The force rank structure is consistent across all police forces in the UK with the exception of the commissioner. The commissioner of the Met holds the highest rank within policing in the UK.
Deputy assistant commissioner
Chief superintendent and detective chief superintendent
Superintendent and detective superintendent
Chief inspector and detective chief inspector
Inspector and detective inspector
Police sergeant and detective sergeant
Police constable and detective constable
The majority of our promotion processes have a similar approach. They will likely involve:
An expression of interest
A competency-based application form
An assessment centre, usually including an interview and some interactive exercises
If successful at assessment centre, candidates will be asked to complete pre-employment checks. Once finalised, candidates will be placed onto a select list and will be promoted to the rank they applied for when a role becomes vacant. Candidates will be asked to provide preferences for posting; however, candidates will be posted based on the operational needs of the Met.