To be eligible to join us through this route you must meet the following criteria.
You must be 17 or older when applying to be a police constable. Applicants who are 17 will progress through the recruitment process, however your start date with the Met would need to be after your 18th birthday.
The upper age limit is typically 57.
You must have five GCSEs grade C or above, or grades 4 to 9, including maths and English language. We will also consider an English language equivalent overseas qualification.
Once you have reached the required standard in your Gateway Programme you will be eligible to, and will automatically, move onto the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).
In your application form, you must declare any other employment or business interests you intend to maintain. Before you can be offered a police constable position, we will need to check that these are not in conflict with employment in the Met in any way.
If you do have any criminal convictions or cautions on record you can still apply, but 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 we 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, your application could be refused simply because you weren't open and up front, but it might have been accepted if you were. If in any doubt, disclose the information.
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 exercise regularly, 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 organisations that contradict our values, standards and behaviour and our commitment to equality, are prohibited. The Met won't accept applications from anyone who is, or has been, a member of groups and 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 enter or to remain and work in the UK.
You can apply to more than one police service or force at once, but you can only sit an assessment centre with one police service or force.
You must have lived continuously in the UK for the three year period immediately prior to your application. If you’ve lived abroad due to serving in the British armed forces or on UK government service, you’re considered to have been resident in the UK.
Police officers must uphold the highest of values, standards and behaviours. Anyone who is using illegal drugs will be ruled out of our recruitment process. To maintain our high standards, we do carry out substance misuse tests as part of our pre-employment checks.
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.
Some tattoos will stop you working for the Met, these include 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
If you have larger visible tattoos on your hands or back of the neck which cannot be easily covered then these may mean you are unable to join us.
Once you have joined we will sometimes require you to cover up your tattoos for policing events such as ceremonial events.
Tattoos that are considered to be against the Met’s standards and values will mean you are unable to join us. That would include tattoos that are: