Before you apply, you should read through the following sections 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.
The first stage is simple. You will need to fill out and submit an online registration form and then complete our application form, which covers our minimum academic and personal eligibility criteria for the role.
On receipt of your application, we will conduct a basic security check, which will take around seven days. Should you be unsuccessful in your application because you have not met the minimum academic criteria, you may be signposted to other available roles within the Met.
You will also complete a short assessment online. The Apollo Behavioural styles questionnaire will check if you have the key behavioural skills required to be a police officer.
The online assessment process consists of a three exercises designed for the efficient assessment and recruitment of officers. The three parts are:
Part 1 - Competency-based interview
You will be asked a series of questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. This is your opportunity to provide some examples of the key competencies and values that are important for officers. You can use examples from both your work and your personal life.
Part 2 – Written assessment and briefing exercise
Part 2a – Written assessment
In this exercise, you will assume the role of an officer and will have to complete an urgent written task for your line manager. You will receive four items of information to help you with this task.
Part 2b – Briefing exercise
In this exercise, you will assume the role of an officer and will have responsibility for dealing with some issues presented to you. You will be tasked with providing a response to a number of questions in relation to this issue. You will be provided with preparation materials to consider your answer.
Please note that you will receive and be able to take parts 2a and 2b separately.
You can complete the exercises on any internet-enabled device with a camera (laptop, tablet or phone), but to ensure full compatibility with the online platform, the following should be set up:
If you are using a desktop computer or a laptop, your operating system should be Windows 7 (or higher) or Mac OS 11.0 (or higher).
If you are using an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, your device should have iOS 8.0 or later installed.
If you are using an Android, your device should have Android compatibility 4.1 (or higher).
You should have the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome installed on your device. Please do not use Internet Explorer or Safari, as these browsers are not supported for the online assessment process.
If you have any condition that might cause you to be disadvantaged during the online assessment process, temporary or otherwise (e.g. pregnancy, injury, disability including dyslexia, etc.), you may be entitled to accommodation or reasonable adjustment.
Any accommodation or reasonable adjustment provided for the online assessment process will be based on the supporting information provided to us in a relevant report, produced by an appropriately qualified professional. Reasonable adjustments may include additional time in the exercises or other adjustments as recommended by a specialist.
If you believe you may have a condition that could disadvantage you, please contact our recruitment partners, SSCL to make them aware, contact details can be found at the bottom of this page. They will be able to assist you with your application for accommodation or reasonable adjustment. For further information, please consult the College of policing policy on accommodations and reasonable adjustments for candidates attending the online assessment process.
After successfully completing your online assessment centre, the next phase will include an in-force assessment, including detective specific exercises, a role-play exercise and a medical and health assessment. (The two parts of stage 3 may not necessarily take place on the same day.)
Part 1a – Detective bolt-On
After completing your online assessment centre, you’ll be invited to complete an additional, Detective focussed assessment, which has been designed to replicate the tasks and scope of work you’ll face when in the role. The two exercises are:
Please note – details of the Detective bolt-on will be sent separately, and following your online assessment.
Part 1b – Role-play exercise
You will take part in a role-play assessment designed to closely simulate a typical policing scenario. You’ll be assessed on your response.
The best way to prepare for the role play exercise is to familiarise yourself with the competency and values framework. This will be sent out to you via email and is also available via the candidate portal.
Part 2 – Medical and fitness
You will be required to undertake a medical health assessment, carried out by a registered nurse and a fitness test.
The medical assessment will include 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.
You will also undergo our fitness test. The fitness test is a multi-stage shuttle run (MSSR) and individuals need to achieve level 5.4 (which is the aerobic requirement of officer safety training). Start preparing now by watching our YouTube videos for tips.
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 from and also the Vetting Questionnaire form towards the end of the process.
Not disclosing information on your vetting form may delay you joining or may even mean your application is rejected. If in doubt, seek advice and/or declare the information on your forms.
You will receive a finalised, formal offer once your pre-employment and vetting checks have been passed successfully. We will then contact you to arrange the most suitable start-date at one of our monthly in-takes; and you can look forward to joining the Met as a detective constable.
You will be allocated one of our four partner Universities (Brunel University London; the University of West London; Anglia Ruskin University; and the University of East London) to complete the academic requirements of the programme, based on your operational (Borough/Basic Command Unit) preferences selected in your application form.