London is one of the most diverse cities in the world. That's why in the Met we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who are committed to making a difference for the communities we serve.
The Met is working hard to restore Londoners’ trust and confidence. We aim to drive more trust, reduce crime, and maintain high standards. You can come and join the thousands of dedicated, honest, committed, hard-working officers and staff in our team.
We are looking for people who share our values of respect, integrity, empathy, courage and accountability. And who share our high standards of behaviour.
Change is happening within the Met. Whilst that takes time, we want people like you to join and help to make a big difference.
Policing is a 24 hour job and that means once you join you’ll need to work shifts, including through the night and at weekends.
In addition to the above you’ll also need to meet our standard eligibility criteria:
This varies dependent on the entry route you chose. Visit PC entry routes to find out more.
You must be 18 or older to join us, but you can apply when you are 17.
Typically the upper age limit is 57.
You need to tell us about other jobs or business interests you want to keep up after you join us, so we can check these do not conflict with working for the Met. This is all part of maintaining our high standards.
Policing isn’t easy. Whilst you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to join you do need to be relatively fit and healthy to cope with the demands of the job.
You will need to pass a fitness test. It’s called the 'bleep test'. You will be required to run up and down a 15-metre track beating a ‘bleep’. At the end of each level the time between bleeps gets shorter, meaning you have to run faster. The whole test takes three minutes and 35 seconds and covers a total of 525 metres.
Some medical conditions can prevent you from being able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the job. HM government medical standards information gives full details on illnesses, injuries and disorders that will affect your ability to work as a police officer.
You must meet the police eyesight standards. These are the same no matter which force you join. Your eyesight is tested as part of your medical, which takes place during the application process.
If you’re not from the UK, you must be a resident in the UK. You must also be free from restrictions with indefinite leave to remain.
If you’re from the UK you must have lived here continuously for the last three years. This doesn’t apply to those serving abroad in the British Armed Forces.
You can apply to join more than one police force at once, but you can only start the online assessment in the recruitment process with one force.
Everyone joining the Met must be vetted. Vetting checks are an important way to maintain our high standards and reassure Londoners that appropriate checks are done on people who hold a position of trust, such as our officers and staff.
You’ll be asked to fill in an online vetting form. Details are checked against:
criminal, intelligence and national security records
in some cases, credit agencies
We also check your social media presence.
Cautions or criminal convictions
Ideally, you shouldn’t have a criminal conviction or cautions record. If you do have one, it will depend on the age and nature of the offence. We assess this as part of vetting.
If you are in any doubt about if to tell us something, disclose the information. If you don’t tell us about something your application may be refused simply as you weren’t up front.
Reasons you can't join
There’s a number of things that will rule you out from joining us. These include:
If you’re a member, or have been, of organisations like the British National Party (BNP), Combat 18 or the National Front. This isn’t a full list.
You’ve got undischarged debts or liabilities, an outstanding county court judgement, or you can’t manage loans or debts sensibly.
You use illegal drugs. Substance misuse tests are carried out before you can join us.
If you’ve got a tattoo you’ll need to tell us about it when you apply. We’ve got a tattoo policy that you’ll need to meet.
You can’t join with tattoos that are on:
the sides and front of your neck above the collar line
You also can't join with tattoos that are:
political in nature
You can join if you have tattoos on:
the back of your neck
below your collar line
behind your ears
Sometimes we will require you to cover up your tattoos for policing events such as ceremonial events.