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How To Work For The Metropolitan Police

24 October 2019
Zara Woodcock
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Thinking of a career in the Met? Like many people, the thought of working for the met is both exhilarating and rewarding. Working for the Metropolitan Police is a lot more hectic than working as a police officer in other towns and cities. Why?

London is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world. With that comes more responsibility. It takes a gargantuan amount of people from diverse backgrounds as well as a wide range of skills and training.

Becoming a police officer means dealing from everything from domestic abuse and drugs to homicide and smaller things like theft. You will have to have thick skin and a strong mind in order to do this job.

What are the requirements?

In order to become a police officer for the Metropolitan Police, there are certain requirements that need to be met. On the bright side, the requirements aren’t as extreme as you think. You will need to:

  • Have a GCSE qualification in English Language or equivalent (A*-C)
  • Be 18 or over when you apply to be a new Police Constable.
  • Declare any other employment or business interests you intend to maintain
  • Not have a criminal conviction or cautions record. If you do have one, acceptance will depend on the age and nature of the offence.
  • Have good eyesight
  • Be physically and mentally fit enough for the job
  • Make sure you’re not a member of the BNP or similar organisations.
  • Make sure tattoos are non-offensive if you have any

There is a variety of roles on offer

There’s a huge number of roles available if you choose to start your career there.  You could become a police officer, work in HR or offer operational support. There are already over 14,000 professional and support staff working behind the scenes to help those who need it. There is no shortage of job opportunities in the Met.

What about strength and mobility?

Now, you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to join the Met, but you will need to be able to keep up when needed without huffing and puffing. You will be asked to complete a confidential health declaration and attend a medical assessment to check your hearing, eyesight, urine, blood pressure, height/weight and breathing for these roles.

You will need to be managing day-to-day life without problems and not be having many sick days off work. Every candidate receives a detailed individual assessment and may be accepted even if the candidate has common health problems, as long as they are under control.

Making a difference

One of the most rewarding aspects of working in the Metropolitan Police is the fact that you’ll be making a real difference to the lives of others. Especially to those who are more vulnerable and may not be able to support themselves e.g. the elderly.

What’s more, you’ll be working to keep the general public safe and help to support anyone who may have already been a victim of a crime.

Every day brings new experiences, meaning your skills and knowledge will be tested at all times in order to help improve London and keep its people safe.