7. How to apply

First things first. Please note that there are a number of jobs that are incompatible with being a special, so it’s important that you check the precluded occupations list before submitting your application. And if you’ve previously submitted an online application for the role of special constable, you must register with a different email address to the one previously supplied.

Keen on Kensington? Or hoping for Havering?

When you apply, you can nominate up to three preferences for which London borough you’d like to patrol in. We’ll try our best to fit in with your choice, but it all really depends on operational requirements.

If you’re applying through the Employer Supported Policing ESP scheme, the nature or location of your posting usually dictates the borough in which you are deployed. Your preferences will be taken into account – however not all ESP schemes operate on all policing boroughs.

The application process

A typical application process has three important steps.

Step one: the application form

Complete our quick and simple online application form (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Please note, our previous system has been deactivated. Candidates who have incomplete applications on this system will need to reapply using the link above and a different email address.

Step two: the selection centre

If your application passes an initial assessment, and subject to availability, you’ll be invited to our selection centre at West Brompton within a fortnight of submitting your application. This will involve a written assessment and a competency based interview to examine your core competencies to become a special constable.

You will also be required to undertake a job related fitness test and a medical assessment which includes both a sight test and a hearing test. You should bring suitable clothing such as a tracksuit, shorts and trainers. Changing rooms and shower facilities are available.

Don’t worry, no-one expects you to be an Olympic-standard athlete. To set your mind at rest and get full details of the medical requirements and the job related fitness test download our Fit for the Job guide.

If you pass, you will receive a conditional offer that same day with details about the start date of your training to become an special constable. However, timescales can vary based on individual circumstances.

Step three: vetting and reference checks

On passing both your assessments you will be ready for training, subject to security clearance and reference checks.

Contact throughout the process

Throughout the process we will notify you of your progress, mainly via email. Please ensure your email address is correct on your application form. Some email accounts put our emails into the Junk/Spam items folder so please check these folders to ensure you do not miss any information.

If you are successful and invited to a Day 1 Assessment, we will send email confirmation in addition to a text reminder - this will be to the mobile number on your application form.

Throughout the process, you can check your application status online without having to email or call the Recruitment Team. It's the best place to get the latest information about which stage you are at in the application and selection process, providing advice about each stage of the process and what you can do to prepare for the selection centre and the medical/fitness tests. Please visit Your Application and login to the candidate portal.

If you have any difficulties accessing your application or see anything that you need advice on, then please call the Recruitment Helpline on 01633 632 500.


We have a limited appeals process for candidates who have been unsuccessful in their application for a post within the Met. Appeals will only be considered on the appeals proforma within 21 days following the notification of the rejection of an application, and where it appears that there may have been:

  • an abuse of process - defined as either an intentional act or failure to apply service policy or the instructions published specifically for the purpose
  • and/or a perverse decision - defined as a decision, which has not been justified or indicates an error or inappropriate judgment/action by the personnel involved in the process

Or the following:

  • Medical appeal
  • Disability discrimination
  • Vetting reasons

To make an appeal, complete the online appeals form which is available in the Application Centre.

If your application was unsuccessful because of previous involvement you have had with police, or if it was unsuccessful under the general heading of 'vetting' and you suspect it may be related to previous involvement with police, you may wish to make a subject access request to find out what is held on the Police National Computer (PNC) about you and/or a separate subject access request regarding information held on some other Met systems. Find out how to do this on our How to request information about yourself or others page.