Have you got what it takes to join us?

The role of the Police Officers is challenging but highly rewarding. You need to be enthusiastic, dedicated, resilient, a problem solver and someone who can be confident enough to take control of situations.

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Entry routes into policing

3 new ways to join by 2020

By 1 January 2020 there will be three ways to prepare new recruits for the role of constable, including an apprenticeship which trains you to degree level. For further information, click here.

Apprenticeship

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3 Years

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Apprenticeship

Min time: 3 years

Join as a constable, and follow an apprenticeship in professional policing practice - you earn while you learn. This route normally takes three years with both on and off-the-job learning. On successfully finishing the programme, you complete your probation and achieve a degree.

Degree-holder

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2 Years

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Degree-holder

Min time: 2 years

If you have a degree in any subject, you can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. This route takes two years, and the learning you recieve is recognised in a graduate diploma in professional policing.

Pre-join Degree

Min

3 Years

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Degree-holder

Min time: 3 years

If you want to study first, you can do a three year degree in professional policing at your own expense, and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme. Being a special constable can be included in this route.

Basic requirements

There are several basic requirements to meet before you can apply for the force, please take a look below to see if you meet this criteria.

Precluded
occupations

Some jobs may hinder your application

There are some jobs which can cause a possible conflict of interest between your current job and the role of special constable/police constable. These are known as ‘precluded occupations’. Some examples of precluded occupations include:

• Bar work

• Door staff

• Armed forces

• Immigration officers

This is not a definitive list, if you would like to know more, please contact VPO@cityoflondon.police.uk

Other
requirements

Competency Values Framework for Policing

The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) replaces the Policing Professional Framework (PPF) Personal Qualities and sets out nationally recognised behaviours and values to support all policing professionals in a range of local and national processes, both now and in the future. The framework ensures that there are clear expectations of everyone working in policing which in turn will lead to standards being raised for the benefit and safety of the public.

For further information on CVF, click here for details.

For guidance on CVF, click here for details.

Skills and personal qualities

Good communication skills, resilience, team working, integrity. These are not an exhaustive list and the details of the post that is advertised, will mention in detail the skills that are required.

Nationality and Residency

Candidates need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately prior to applying for any role. Any nationality can join the City of London Police but if candidates are not British citizen, member of the EEA, you must have a valid visa entitlement to work at the UK.

What to expect if you’re successful

There are a number of checks that will need to take place before you join the City of London Police: