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Police Officer

The City of London Police is unique among forces. While policing the ‘Square Mile’ makes the force the smallest territorially, this is the UK capital’s global financial and business trading centre. More than 300,000 people from 189 different cultures and nationalities commute to work here, while 10,000 residents call the City their home.​

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The force also has an important remit as the national policing lead for fighting economic crime, which is a key component in the government’s fraud strategy. Our work generates ongoing media interest at local, regional, national and international levels, across print, broadcast and online platforms.


In order to meet the demands of such a busy City, City of London Police officers must have a desire and a willingness to help others along with a professional attitude. Those with an eye for detail, strong customer focus and calmness under pressure will succeed in this dynamic and varied role.​​​


As a City of London Police officer you will endeavour to provide a reassuring presence and protect the public as well as prevent and investigate crimes committed within the business and residential communities.

It can be a challenging and unpredictable job with no two days ever the same but it's also incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.​​

A diverse workforce improves the service we provide to our public by making us more approachable and relevant within our communities. This is why it’s vitally important that we recruit people from a wide range of communities and backgrounds with an understanding of cultural issues and a wide range of skills. We therefore particularly encourage people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities to join us.​

As a police officer with the City of London Police, you will:

  • Come face to face with the community every day
  • Attend emergency and non-emergency calls
  • Take statements from members of the public
  • Prepare reports
  • Investigate crimes and offences
  • Conduct searches
  • Make arrests and attend incidents

There are a variety of specialist departments too – like Support Group, Mounted Branch, Tactical Firearms Group, CID. At this time, there is no direct entry into specialist units; officers in these units have all completed their 2 year training and probation period and gained the required experience in frontline policing before specialising.

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Entry criteria for Police Officers

The main entry requirements for police officers are as follows:


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply and join.
  • There is no upper age limit for applying to the police service. But please bear in mind that the normal retirement age for police officers is 60 years and that new recruits are required to undertake a two-year probationary period.

Convictions/ Cautions

  • A criminal record/conviction, may lead to an application being rejected. National Police Improvement Agency circular 02/2011 sets out the criteria for all convictions/cautions that will be considered. Please check these prior to making your application.
  • All convictions/cautions (including any person known to the applicant) will be considered on individual merit, taking into account circumstances of the offence, the age of the individual, when the offence was committed, the lapse of time since the offence, and evidence of good character since the offence. Undisclosed convictions/cautions will lead to rejection.
  • Applicants who have served any period of imprisonment or youth detention will not be considered for appointment.

Nationality and Residency

  • Only applications from British citizens, European Union/European Economic Area nationals (excluding Bulgaria and Romania) and Commonwealth citizens, or foreign nationals (including Bulgaria and Romania) with indefinite leave to remain in the UK will be accepted.
  • Applicants must have resided continuously in the UK for the three year period immediately prior to their application to join as a new police constable (with any absence from the UK typically being no more than three months during this time). Time spent out of the country will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants who have resided abroad due to serving in the British armed forces or on UK Government Service, are considered to have been resident in the UK.


  • Some tattoos (whether visible or not) and facial piercing might be unacceptable.

Health and fitness

  • Applicants must be in good health and able to both physically and mentally perform the duties of a Police Officer once appointed. All medical criteria will be checked – including eyesight, hearing and Body Mass Index.

Financial position

  • Police officers are in a privileged position with regard to access of information and could be considered potentially vulnerable to corruption.
  • Applicants should not, therefore, be under pressure from un-discharged debts or liabilities and should be able to manage loans and debts sensibly.
  • Applicants who have existing County Court judgements outstanding against them or who are registered bankrupt and their bankruptcy debts have not been discharged for at least three years will not be considered for appointment. Applicants with Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVA) will also be looked at on an individual basis.

Previous Applications

  • Applicants are only permitted to apply to one police force at a time. Applications will not be accepted if an applicant has applied unsuccessfully in the last six months to another force that requires candidates to undertake the Police SEARCH Recruit Assessment Centre.

Biometric Vetting

All Police Officer who are offered a provisional offer of appointment, will have their DNA and fingerprints taken and a speculative search made on the respective databases to ascertain whether they have come to adverse police attention or their fingerprints or DNA are linked to any outstanding crime scenes. Their DNA and fingerprints will also be retained on the respective Police Elimination Database for elimination purposes, if appointed.

Drugs and Alcohol Testing

In accordance with the Police (Amendment) Regulation 2005, all new candidates may be subject to alcohol, drug and or substance abuse assessments at any stage during their employment. In addition, all new candidates will be substance tested during the recruitment medical process. Refusal to participate in substance testing will mean that your appointment to join City of London Police cannot be processed. A hair, saliva and or urine sample may be used for testing purposes.

What happens after you apply to be a Police Officer?

The recruitment process takes about 6 - 9 months. It is a lengthy process, with various stages to complete which include:

  • Initial paper sift – Checking your eligibility to apply
  • Short listing – Assessing your application evidence
  • National Recruit Assessment Centre - This includes 2 written exercises, a numerical ability test, a verbal ability test, 4 interactive exercises, and a competency based interview.
  • City of London Police Interview
  • Provisional offer of appointment
  • Fitness test
  • Vetting Checks including biometric and drug & alcohol testing
  • Medical assessment including eyesight standards
  • Reference checks

For further information including eligibility criteria, Home Office rules and the national assessment centre process (practice materials available), please see below and the College of Policing website​​

Rewards and benefits

By becoming a police officer with City of London, you can:


  • Contribute to our aim of working in partnership to make local communities safer.
  • Have a direct impact on the quality of life of those in the community.
  • Have a rewarding and varied job.
  • Be constantly challenged and always learning.
  • Be valued for your contribution.
  • Have an excellent pension and benefits package.
  • Receive full training to equip you to do your job.
  • Enjoy continuous opportunities for development.



Following the implementation of new Police Regulation determinations regarding pay, newly appointed police constables will start on £24,936. They will also receive London Weighting of £2,445 and a London Allowance of £4,338.