Metropolitan Police Officer Selection Process, Including Online Assessments Preparation

Police Officer applicants to the Metropolitan Police Service have to prove that they have what it takes at each stage of a challenging recruitment process. This article will guide you through each stage, and offer tips and resources to help you through the process.
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The Metropolitan Police Service is the UK’s largest police force, dealing on a daily basis with policing one of the world’s major cities. As such, the Met Police recruitment process is designed to challenge you and ensure that you are the best candidate for the job. This article will guide you through each stage of the Met Police Officer recruitment process, showing you how to prepare to improve your performance on the day.

The Metropolitan Police recruitment process for Police Officers is as follows:

It is important to know the requirements of each stage to ensure that you can do your best. You have to pass each stage in order to progress to the next one.

Before you take your place on the training course, you have to obtain a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. The CKP gives you an understanding of policing, and police law. It gives you background information on the Metropolitan Police, and the work that they do, including borough policing, specialist policing across London, police priorities for London, and how they work with communities.


The very start of your recruitment process with the Metropolitan Police is to register your details through the website. You can only register with the Met Police during a recruitment window. When registering with the Met Police, you provide your personal details, such as name, address, driving license details, and National Insurance number.

Realistic Job Preview Questionnaire

This questionnaire is designed to give you a picture of what it is to be a Met Police Officer, and enabling you to assess your own suitability to the role of a Police Constable. You are asked to give your response to several situations. Answer the questions honestly, read the feedback, and then decide whether you want to continue with your application. You are given an overall rating of your suitability to be a Police Officer to help you with your decision. Although you are given a rating, the decision whether to continue your application is yours at this stage, you are not assessed on the results.

Eligibility Assessment

In this section, you are asked to fill in a pre-application questionnaire, which assesses you against the eligibility criteria for the Met Police. The questionnaire gives you a feel for what it is like to become a police constable. As well as questions measuring your eligibility against the Met Police Officer criteria, the questionnaire includes questions about your pride in your work, your willingness to take on the more restrictive parts of the job (for example the uniform), or the more mundane parts of the job (paperwork), and your professionalism at all times.

Metropolitan Police Eligibility Criteria

You have to satisfy the following criteria in order to progress through the Met Police Officer recruitment process:

  • British national or permanent resident of the UK.
  • Age - to be a Police Officer you must be between 18 and 57 at the time of applying.
  • Relationship with the law, including any previous criminal convictions.
  • You must have a sound financial status, never have been declared bankrupt or have CCJs.
  • You must not be involved with the BNP or similar organisations.
  • There are restrictions on tattoos.
  • You must have a certain level of eyesight both with and without glasses or contact lenses.
  • You must complete the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing in order to become a Metropolitan Police Officer, but no other formal education qualifications are required.
  • You must comply with the fitness demands of the job.
  • You can only apply to one police force at a time.

Behaviour Styles Questionnaire

In this questionnaire, you are given a number of statements to review and indicate which statements you completely agree with or completely disagree with. You must pass this questionnaire in order to move on to the next stage. The trick with this test is to get the balance between consistency and adjusting your style of communication for different audiences. The questions relate to your behaviour against competencies, so ensure you are familiar with the Metropolitan Police’s competency requirements. Learn more about how to approach a personality test with JobTestPrep’s personality test pages.

Metropolitan Police Competencies

The Metropolitan Police competencies are a set of skills that you must have as a police officer. You should use every opportunity in the recruitment process to demonstrate how you have these skills, and how you have used them in the past.

  • Personal responsibility - for your own actions and decisions.
  • Customer and community focus - aware of the needs of different people.
  • Problem solving - coming up with solutions to situations.
  • Teamwork - working with others, and making the team work more effectively.
  • Effective communication - able to communicate with a whole range of people, both verbally and in writing.
  • Respect for diversity - work with the many communities in London.

Metropolitan Police Situational Judgement Test

In this test you are presented with situations that you may face as a Met Police Officer, and a choice of actions that may be taken. Your role is to choose the response that you think best in this scenario. The trick with a SJT is to put yourself into work mode in the situation described in the scenario, and answer the questions accordingly. You can also take practice SJT tests to improve your understanding of how you respond to certain situations. See JobTestPrep’s website for our SJT practice packs.

London Factor Assessment

This test is unique to the recruitment process in London. You are presented with sets of statements about London and policing in London to read through and choose which is most like you. Preparation for this test includes thinking about how you respond to circumstances around you. Brush up on your personality test skills with JobTestPrep.

Stage 2: Metropolitan Police Application Form

If you were successful in stage 1, you will be asked to complete an application form. The application form asks for factual information about you, such as your name, address, education and so on. You are also asked to fill in your information about any criminal record you may have held in the past. The information on your application form is used to assess you against the Metropolitan Police’s eligibility criteria.

Stage 3: Met Police SEARCH® Assessment Centre

The next stage is the assessment centre, which takes place at the Metropolitan Police selection centre in West Brompton.

The assessments at the day follow the process from the National College of Policing.

In Summary

If you pass through stage 3, you will be called back for stages 4 and 5, the health and fitness assessments, and references and security checks. The Metropolitan Police are looking to recruit throughout 2014, so keep a look out for recruitment windows, and prepare to do your best throughout the Met Police recruitment process. In this article we have highlighted the testing and interview stages of the Met Police selection process, and told you about some of the resources available to help you achieve the best results. We hope you have found this article useful, and good luck.

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