6. Recruitment process

Before you apply, you should ensure that you've done everything you can 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. If you require additional support, contact the recruitment team, relevant Staff Support Association or review section 3, Life as a PC to better understand the role of a PC in London’s Met.

The first stage is simple, for this you will need to complete an online application form which includes minimum criteria and eligibility for the role. You will need to select the entry route (PCDA, DHEP or IPLDP) most appropriate to your experience at this stage and ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. On receipt of your application, we will conduct a basic security check, which will take around 7 days.

You will be invited to complete an online behavioural styles questionnaire, to demonstrate you have the verbal reasoning and language requirements to be successful as a police officer.

During this day held at our selection centre, you'll undertake several exercises which are specifically designed to allow you to showcase your strengths and demonstrate your potential to be a police constable with the Met. This is a national assessment process that all forces will use for prospective recruits and consists of the following elements:

  • One competency based interview 
  • One written exercise
  • One virtual reality scenario-based exercise, in pairs
  • Two interactive exercises based on ‘real-life policing scenarios’
  • Two video-based exercises


If you’re invited to the Day One assessment, the best way to prepare is to familiarise yourself with the Competency and Values Framework via the College of Policing website. This will be sent out to you via email once your Day One assessment has been confirmed, along with an invitation to attend a Day One preparation workshop.

Upon successful completion of your Day One assessment, you will be invited to attend a Day Two medical health assessment carried out by a registered nurse. This includes eyesight, hearing and blood pressure tests.

Further checks will be conducted and include 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 complete the job related fitness test.

You will then undergo both employer and personal reference checks and CTC 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. We search many national and local information databases.

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.

If you selected the PCDA entry route and have not been able to evidence that you meet the minimum academic criteria, you may be asked to complete an additional verbal reasoning test (English Language) and/or a diagnostic test (Maths) as part of the Government’s apprenticeship regulations.

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 your Police Constable career to start.

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 any concerns or questions throughout the recruitment process, please contact your recruitment team, details below.

Additional support

In-line with the Met’s diversity aspirations set out within our Inclusion and Diversity Strategy, you may be offered a pre-Day One Meet the Met engagement session.

These events are an opportunity to hear from senior Met officers, understand what being a PC is about and the variety of career paths open to you. These sessions are designed to answer your questions about the recruitment process and ensure you feel confident and ready to move through to the next stage.

If you are eligible to attend Meet the Met events, you will be sent an invitation automatically by our recruitment partners SSCL prior to your Day One assessment centre and another after your health assessment.

The Met’s Outreach recruitment team provides and engagement service to London’s diverse communities to promote careers within the MPS.

The 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.

These online forums are for all potential and you will have the opportunity to discuss the role of police constable with serving police officers and members of our recruitment team. The Met team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, whether it's in relation to working for the Met Police, questions about the recruitment process itself or (re)directing you to forums such as our staff support associations to find out more information about.

If you're interested in participating in a Meet and Engage online forum, please click the link for updates on how to register for the next one: Meet and Engage.

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

If you have questions about the recruitment process, the progress of your application or anything else along the way to becoming a police constable, 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 8:30pm)

Telephone: 01633 632500

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

Useful documents

Met Inclusion and Diversity Strategy 2017-2021

College of Policing vetting process

College of Policing competency and values framework