Just like any other individual who joins the police service, you will need to meet specific eligibility criteria.
Are you eligible?
- 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 are no specific academic or educational qualification requirements needed for the Direct Entry programme. However, there will be checks around your fitness, financial position, any previous criminal convictions, and membership of political groups.
TRAINING & SUPPORT
You’ll be trained with the leadership qualities, operational skills and strategic thinking to constantly deliver against tight timetables. You’ll also be supported throughout by mentors, skilled workplace coaches and the College of Policing.
Most of your day-to-day development will come while in force through operational rotations at the ranks of constable, sergeant and inspector. The College of Policing will provide you with invaluable modular-based training, alongside a tailored personal development plan, leadership coaching, media training and a mentor.
Importantly, you’ll benefit from the experience and knowledge of experts from across policing and partner organisations. Through a combination of case studies, classroom inputs and immersive learning, the programme will get the very best out of you and ensure you are a competent operational inspector.
Rates of pay vary by force and will rise with each year of experience. A candidate can expect a starting salary (from day one) of around £48,000 a year. In some forces, there are additional allowances that will complement your salary (for example, London weighting).
There is also an excellent pension plan and a fair and inclusive promotion policy. Your preferred force will have more details on their individual packages.
If you are successfully placed on the programme, you’ll be required to undertake a fitness test. There are two elements to the test and you must pass both as a minimum standard to demonstrate you will be able to work effectively as a police officer.
If you don't pass the test at your first attempt you will be allowed to re-take it. Find out more about the fitness test and tips on how to prepare here.
The College of Policing are unable to answer residency and vetting eligibility queries on the behalf of forces as criteria varies force to force.
Please visit individual force websites for further information on residency criteria.
If applying for the Metropolitan Police Service contact their vetting unit via email@example.com with specific questions on residency/vetting.
Information on police recruitment standards can be found here.