Frequently asked questions

How to use the online recruitment system to apply?

You will need to create an account and a password in order to register to the system. The system will then allow you to apply for a specific vacancy. If you have any questions please contact Blue Octopus Recruitment on 01943 461 327.

What about if I do not have access to a computer?

We would be happy to accept a paper application form if you have no access to a computer. Please contact the HR Services team at 020 7 6012845 before the application deadline to discuss the matter.

Is there a London residency criteria for Police Officer Applicants?

No, there is no residency criteria for making an application.

Is there an age limit for officer applications?

You must be 18 or over when you apply to be a new Police Constable. The upper age limit is 57. This is three years less than the compulsory retirement age of 60 and allows for the two year probationary period and the expectation of a minimum of one year of service following probation.

Can I submit a CV?

City of London Police can only accept application forms.

What is the difference between a conditional offer and a formal offer?

A conditional offer is subject to vetting, medical examinations and reference clearance. On receipt of these, the City of London Police will then issue a formal offer. Please note that it is at this stage that your resignation be tendered.

What is the difference between a conditional offer and a formal offer?

For Police Staff it is 6 months. For Police Officers it is 2 years.

Can I volunteer for police work?

Please visit the London Police Support Volunteer (PSV) Programme website for more information.

Do all applications go through vetting?

Anyone who is successful in their application to join City of London Police, will undergo vetting checks whether they are internal or external candidates. These include proof of right to work, proof of residence, checks of criminal convictions, cautions, warnings, associations and reprimands. These formal vetting checks will only be progressed upon a conditional offer.

Do I need to have a driving licence at the point of application?

Not necessarily. If you are actively working towards achieving your licence, we would still welcome an application from you.

Can I apply if I have a tattoo?

On the whole, yes. Some tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous may result in the rejection of your application.

Where will the training take place?

The initial training will take place within the square mile.

Can I have a work experience with the City of London Police?

Not at this time.

Can I transfer to City of London Police during my probation period with another force?

To be eligible to Transfer to city of London Police you must: Be a substantive police constable and not subject to a probationary period and currently serving police officer in a Home Office Force.

How can I apply to become City of London Police Cadet?

Please visit the City of London Police Cadet website for more information.