Get Involved with the Metropolitan Police Service

Working for the Metropolitan Police Service

There's a lot more to the Metropolitan Police than police officers. We have thousands of staff in other roles too. As one of the capital’s largest employers, we are committed to having a workforce that reflects the community that we serve. People join from all kinds of backgrounds, bringing with them a range of skills and experience.

As well as front line police officers, we employ over 14,000 police staff who carry out vital work such as answering emergency calls, forensics, handling finances, or even working with the latest advancements in technology.

Find out about a career that offers you incredible experiences and a real chance to make a difference to your local community and the whole of London.

Police officers

Policing is a unique job with unique demands, particularly in a vibrant and challenging city like London. It is demanding but incredibly rewarding - packed full of new and interesting experiences. As a Metropolitan police officer you:

  • train for two years in one of the best police officer training programmes in the world
  • never know what a shift will bring; it can be exciting, challenging and physically demanding
  • work five eight-hour shifts a week, including at night or over the weekend

You can apply to become a police officer from the age of 18 years.

Find out more about what it takes to be a police officer in the careers section of our main Metropolitan Police website.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

PCSOs were introduced to London in 2002 to provide the city with a bigger and more visible police presence and help free up regular police officers to use their specialist skills and training. As a PCSO you:

  • focus on the needs of the local community
  • engage with the public to help create Safer Neighbourhoods
  • can earn up to 26k a year

You can apply to become a PCSO from the age of 18 years.

Find out more about PCSOs on our main Metropolitan Police website.

Police staff

The Metropolitan Police Service has a range of careers. If you don’t want to be a police officer you can apply to work for us in over 200 other roles, including some you might not expect, like:

  • forensics
  • medical examiner
  • human resources
  • helicopter pilot
  • lawyer
  • engineer
  • occupational psychologist
  • kennel worker
  • press officer
  • accountant
  • procurement

Find out more about police staff on our main Metropolitan Police site.