1. Overview

Being a PC in London’s Met is a way of life

Our mission is to keep London safe. To be there when no-one else is. For the vulnerable, the young. Making decisions that help change lives. Tackling drugs and gangs, becoming an expert in fraud or public order. We're a part of one big family. Everyone on team, working together. Doing something real. And proud to do it.

Ask any of us why we became police officers in the Met and we’ll all have different reasons. But it all boils down to this: to do something real and make a difference. Whatever your reason to be a police officer in London’s Met, it’s the greatest reason in the world.

Covid-19 update

The Met, like many organisations across all sectors, continues to manage through the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. This has had a direct impact on our recruitment of new officers.
Unfortunately, this means that for now we have taken the decision to temporarily pause accepting new applications to join us as a police constable.

Our very successful recruitment programme has allowed us to reach this year’s growth target several months early, under National Uplift funding, whilst we have also seen the number of our current officers leaving reduce since the start of the pandemic.

Over the next few weeks we are focusing our efforts on supporting our candidates who are already in our recruitment pipeline with the aim of welcoming them into the Met as quickly as possible.

We will keep our decision to pause new applications under constant review. We thank you for your interest in an exciting career with us and look forward to supporting you through the recruitment process as soon as possible. In the meantime, please do register your interest through our talent bank. We will be in touch. Thank you for your patience.

Video: Do something real. Become a police constable

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As London's Met, we have plenty to be proud of. We're proud of the quality of our people, and the job we do to police London. Over 40,000 colleagues are dedicated to serving 9 million+ residents of one of the world's most dynamic and diverse global cities.

We're responsible for everything from foiling terrorists to helping people feel safe in their homes at night. Whenever people need us, we are there - always putting the safety of others above our own. It's a task that often calls for split-second decisions, in difficult circumstances, under intense public scrutiny. And the most amazing thing? We do it all day, every day.

Policing London

Joining the Met as a new Police Constable is just the beginning of the journey - this could be the start of an exciting and varied career. During your probationary period, you'll be working alongside experienced officers and gaining a wide range of practical and on-the-job knowledge to compliment your in-classroom training. The foundation you gain will stand you in good stead for the rest of your police career.

Once you've completed your probationary period and your appointment as a Police Constable has been confirmed, you'll then have plenty of opportunities to continue your professional development. Given that London is a unique city, it presents a unique set of policing challenges.

This means that the Met is involved in a wide range of operations and policing events, each presenting their own distinct opportunities to broaden your skill set, on a scale that you wouldn’t find in any other police service.

As a PC in London’s Met your career path could take you in many directions, be it as a detective, working in diplomatic protection, child protection, or as an authorised firearms officer. A dog handler or member of the mounted branch, working on 24hr response, or in cybercrime, the list of opportunities afforded to you at the Met is endless.

Video: Do the job. Become a police constable

Please note: Subtitles are available alongside this video. To turn them on, click the three dots in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, select ‘captions’ and choose ‘English’.