3. ESP employee advice

Benefits for employees

Apply to join Employer Supported Policing (ESP) as a special constable and, after training, you'll have all the powers of the regular police to fight crime, with the life changing experiences and range of skill that this brings. In addition, you'll pick up a high level of extra skills and confidence from working for the capital's police service that can do a lot for your work life and beyond. Plus, it's a great addition to your CV and great for your employer.

Free London travel for ESP special constables

All current and new Met special constables are now entitled to free travel on London's tube, buses, DLR, Tramlink and TFL-operated London overground services. Free travel is available on and off duty, and it is open to all Met special constables who perform at least 200 hours' duty a year*. Your daily commute to and from your day job could become free.

*This offer is subject to special constable policies, which are available on request.

Becoming a special constable offers huge benefits in terms of your own personal and professional development. Working on the street as a police officer with the public means making decisions that have an immediate impact on the people you are dealing with, so getting those decisions right is crucial. People look to police officers for direction in stressful situations and taking charge of incidents will give you confidence and assertiveness which you can bring to your workplace. The whole experience will rapidly develop you in various ways to make you more effective at work.

At the heart of the training are the seven core skills or competencies that every police officer must be proficient in. These are:

  • personal responsibility
  • effective communication
  • resilience
  • problem solving
  • customer focus
  • teamwork
  • respect for diversity

These are transferable skills, which you will be able to put to use, not only in your professional capacity but also in your personal life, such as managing confrontational situations, leadership and personal safety.

You'll have the satisfaction of knowing that your colleagues at your place of work, your friends and family will be more reassured purely as a result of your new skills and confidence.

You'll have the possibility of gaining promotion at work as a result of acquiring a new set of skills, experience, assertiveness and confidence that you have been taught.

Training is carried out as an intensive course of 20 weekdays, or on 12 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays. Your employer can choose to support one or both types of courses. However, in all cases they will usually sponsor your time, by providing paid leave or time off in lieu, under this programme.

In summary, you will get:

  • first class training from experienced trainers who will teach you many new skills to prepare you for policing the streets of London, usually for one day per fortnight of sponsored time
  • transferable skills, which you will be able to put to use in your professional and personal life, such as managing confrontational situations, leadership and personal safety
  • the satisfaction of knowing that your colleagues at your place of work, your friends and family will be more reassured purely as a result of your new skills and confidence
  • the possibility of gaining promotion at work as a result of acquiring a new set of skills, experience, assertiveness and confidence which you have been taught
  • the prospect of performing other high-profile duties with colleagues across London, such as Trooping The Colour, football matches, concerts and anti-crime initiatives
  • above all, the feeling that you really are making a difference - making a positive contribution in the fight against crime in the capital whilst developing yourself with high-quality police training, all supported by your employer and the Met and allowing you to gain valuable police experience whilst continuing your chosen career

How to get in touch

ESP is a powerful tool in the fight against crime. But for the programme to reach its full potential, we need your help.

There are various ways to contact us:

  • Existing special constables can call: 020 7161 2654
  • To start your application visit our How to apply page