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Get unique experiences and skills for life with the Metropolitan Police Service.

  • The Metropolitan Police Service is London's biggest employer, with over 33,000 police officers.
  • It covers 32 boroughs but doesn’t include the City of London, which is policed by the City of London Police. The transport network is policed by the British Transport Police.
  • Over 14,000 members of police staff carry out more than 200 different roles to help support police officers to give London an effective police service.
  • Police staff roles include helicopter pilot, horse trainer, crime researcher, nurse, press officer and crime scene manager to name a few.
  • You can apply to become a police officer from the age of 18.
  • All Metropolitan police officers and police staff receive an extra payment to help the extra costs of living in the capital - this is called ‘London weighting’.
  • After training a Metropolitan police officer will earn over £30,000 a year.
  • If you are over 18 you can apply to become a Metropolitan Police Volunteer and support us to make London the safest major city in the world.
  • Special opportunities for young people include work experience and the Police Cadets.
  • You can also get involved with one of our other schemes specially set up for young people such as Kicks and Met-Track.
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