1. Overview

Being a PC in London’s Met is a way of life

Our mission is to keep London safe. To be there when no-one else is. For the vulnerable, the young. Making decisions that help change lives. Tackling drugs and gangs, becoming an expert in fraud or public order. We're a part of one big family. Everyone on team, working together. Doing something real. And proud to do it.

Ask any of us why we became police officers in the Met and we’ll all have different reasons. But it all boils down to this: to do something real and make a difference. Whatever your reason to be a police officer in London’s Met, it’s the greatest reason in the world.

Covid-19 update

Welcoming the future workforce to keep London safe remains as important as ever and we continue to welcome applications for our many career pathways. We understand that this is an unsettling and worrying time for everyone. The Met has been, and will continue to, following the advice issued by Government in relation to how we should all respond given the Coronavirus outbreak.

We ask for your patience and flexibility as we embed precautions designed to keep you, your future colleagues, and our assessors in a hygienic environment. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you all the very best in your process.

As London's Met, we have plenty to be proud of. We're proud of the quality of our people, and the job we do to police London. Over 40,000 colleagues are dedicated to serving 9 million+ residents of one of the world's most dynamic and diverse global cities.

We're responsible for everything from foiling terrorists to helping people feel safe in their homes at night. Whenever people need us, we are there - always putting the safety of others above our own. It's a task that often calls for split-second decisions, in difficult circumstances, under intense public scrutiny. And the most amazing thing? We do it all day, every day.

Policing London

Joining the Met as a new Police Constable is just the beginning of the journey - this could be the start of an exciting and varied career. During your probationary period, you'll be working alongside experienced officers and gaining a wide range of practical and on-the-job knowledge to compliment your in-classroom training. The foundation you gain will stand you in good stead for the rest of your police career.

Once you've completed your probationary period and your appointment as a Police Constable has been confirmed, you'll then have plenty of opportunities to continue your professional development. Given that London is a unique city, it presents a unique set of policing challenges.

This means that the Met is involved in a wide range of operations and policing events, each presenting their own distinct opportunities to broaden your skill set, on a scale that you wouldn’t find in any other police service.

As a PC in London’s Met your career path could take you in many directions, be it as a detective, working in diplomatic protection, child protection, or as an authorised firearms officer. A dog handler or member of the mounted branch, working on 24hr response, or in cybercrime, the list of opportunities afforded to you at the Met is endless.