Starting salary c. £30k per annum, inclusive of allowances and free London travel
The challenges of policing London are unlike anywhere else, and so are the opportunities and rewards. Now more than ever, join the Metropolitan Police Service as a police constable and start a career like no other.
What is the role?
As a police constable in London’s Met, you’ll have the opportunity to make a real positive difference to the lives of Londoners. You’ll join over 30,000 colleagues working across 32 boroughs, all dedicated to serving over nine million residents in one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world, where no two days are the same. Your day-to-day role could vary from being out on patrol in the local community, giving evidence in court, investigating burglaries or supporting victims of crime.
What are the benefits?
A career as a police officer offers many rewards and benefits, including:
A competitive starting salary of c. £30k, rising up to c. £46K as a PC, inclusive of allowances
Discounted rail travel up to 70 miles after initial training and free London travel
Gain a fully-funded degree while earning and developing skills for life under our apprenticeship route
Generous police pension scheme
Generous annual leave and a range of other leave options, including career breaks, special leave, parental and adoption leave
A comprehensive Health and Wellbeing service to help you stay healthy and well
Access to a large number of subsidised leisure and sporting activities
Becoming part of the Met family, and the policing family nationally - a unique and supportive network where you’ll meet friends for life while all working together to make London and the UK safer for everyone. Whether working collaboratively or on your own beat, your team and the wider Met are there to support you
Flexible working options. Policing is a 24/7 service, and you will therefore be expected to work shift patterns including weekends and nights. However we do aim to offer flexible working opportunities where operationally viable and depending on the role.
A wide range of staff support associations which support the different interests of the staff and officers they represent, including but not limited to; the Association of Muslim Policing, the Metropolitan Police LGBT Network, the Metropolitan Police Black Police Association and the Network of Women
How do I join?
You can now join the Met as a police constable via our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) entry pathway. This is a three-year programme in which you’ll be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining knowledge and experience working alongside experienced officers on the streets of London whilst working towards a fully funded degree at one of our partner universities. Throughout the programme you’ll be supported both academically and operationally, and receive first-class training to ensure you develop the skills and confidence needed for the unique challenges of policing London.
What opportunities are available to me after probation?
The sheer size of the Met and the growing population and diversity of London means there are opportunities you wouldn’t find in any other city in the UK. Upon successful completion of your three-year training period, there are many options open for you to decide where you want to develop your career, either through undertaking a new role, joining a specialist team, training to become a detective, or promotion through the ranks. You could choose to work in diplomatic protection, work with horses in our Mounted Branch, or even work in cyber-crime. These are just some of the many paths you could choose to follow as your career progresses.
The Met includes officers and staff from all backgrounds and we are committed to becoming more representative of the communities we serve. We are looking for motivated people from all backgrounds and all walks of life who want to make a difference to join the Met.
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