Just like any other individual who joins the police service, you will need to meet specific eligibility criteria.

Are you eligible?

A degree is required for the 2018 programme. We will consider applications from people over the age of 18 (at the time of application) but please be aware that while there is no upper age limit for appointment it should be borne in mind that the compulsory age of retirement for a police inspector is 60 years and 65 years for a superintendent. You must have either a level 6 undergraduate degree, any classification, or a university accredited qualification at level 7 or above, such as a post-graduate certificate, post-graduate diploma, masters or doctoral degrees (PhD) from a university in the UK or an equivalent from a non-UK university. All educational certificates will need to be provided in due course. A full translation must be provided for certificates that are not in English. 

- There are no nationality requirements. However, if you are not a citizen of the United Kingdom, a member state of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein, then you must have the status of indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom without restriction.

- The police need to ensure that adequate and satisfactory vetting is undertaken for all applicants. Police forces require a three year checkable history and due to difficulties often faced with gaining vetting checks from overseas, to the extent required for those who have been resident in the UK. This could mean applicants may need to have resided in the UK for a three year period prior to application.

Note that applicants serving in the British armed forces or on UK Government Service are considered to have been resident in the UK.

- To be eligible for recruitment as an Inspector with The Met, candidates must have resided in London for a minimum of three years, accumulated within the last six years.


Please note the following exemptions:

- If you are currently a serving Met Police Volunteer Cadet or currently a serving Internal Staff Member of the Met Police you are exempt from London Residency criteria.

- If you are currently serving in the British armed force or are working for the UK government overseas and can demonstrate London residency by discounting any periods where you have been deployed overseas or across the UK, then you are still eligible to apply.

There will be checks around your fitness, financial position, any previous criminal convictions, and membership of political groups.

To help you assess your own eligibility, please take a look at our list of core competencies then complete our interactive self-selection questionnaire.