2. Who are we looking for?

Not everyone has the potential to be a special constable. We’re looking for a very particular type of person. Someone with all the right community values.

Someone who wants to make a personal difference to London. Someone like you?

See how you measure up against the criteria below:

Criminal convictions

Ideally you should not have a criminal conviction or cautions record.

The Met is unable to state whether your convictions record will affect your application before you apply. This will be determined from the full and confidential information provided during the recruitment and selection process.

Nationality

If you’re from outside the EEA, you’re required to have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period. Such applicants must reside in the UK free of restrictions or have an entitlement to do so.

Residency

Special constables must have resided in the United Kingdom for a minimum of three years prior to applying.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. The new London residency rule does not apply to special constables.

Tattoos

Anyone who has a tattoo which could be construed as offensive to any religion or belief, or is in any way discriminatory, violent or intimidating, will not be accepted. Tattoos on the face, visible above a collar line or on the hands are not acceptable for any role within the Met.

Age

You must be at least 18 years old when you apply.

Financial position

It’s important that you’re not under pressure from un-discharged debts or liabilities and that you can manage loans and debts sensibly.

Membership of BNP or similar organisations

We won’t accept applications from anyone who is, or has been, a member of the BNP or similar organisations.

Other applications

Your application will not be accepted if you have previously applied unsuccessfully to the Met in the last six months.

Business interest

You must declare any other employment or business interests that you intend to maintain.

Eyesight requirements

The standard you need to meet either with or without spectacles or contact lenses is:

Distance vision:

  • 6/12 or better with your right or left eye.
  • 6/6 with both eyes together.
  • If you wear spectacles or contact lenses you also need to reach 6/36 without your spectacles or lenses.

 

Near vision:

  • 6/9 with both eyes together (aided).

 

Colour vision:

The use of colour correcting lenses is not acceptable. Severe colour vision deficiencies (monochromacy) are not acceptable. Mild anomalous trichromacy is acceptable. Severe anomalous dichromacy or trichromacy is also acceptable but you will need to be aware of the deficiency and make appropriate adjustments.

 

Eye surgery:

Radial keratotomy, arcuate keratotomy or corneal grafts are not acceptable. Other forms of refractive surgery such as LASIK, LASEK, PRK, ICRS and epiflap are all acceptable provided that six weeks have elapsed since surgery, there are no residual side effects and the other eyesight standards are met. You may be asked to provide a report from an optician.

Substance misuse

This contradicts everything the role of a police officer stands for – if you are currently using any illegal drugs, this will rule you out of the recruitment process automatically. If you have any previous drugs related cautions or convictions, please look at the Criminal Convictions section on this page.

Academic qualifications

Although there are no formal educational requirements, you’ll need to have a reasonable standard of English if you are to succeed during the selection process.

Health and fitness

While you don't need to be an Olympic athlete to be a special, you must be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the job. Certain medical conditions may prevent this. To find out more, download our Fit for the Job guide.

Precluded occupations

There are a number of jobs that are considered incompatible with the role of a special constable. To be sure that your current employment will not prevent your application from proceeding, please check our precluded occupations list.

You must not be in a precluded occupation at the time you submit your application.