Ways to join the City of London Police as a Constable: through the Apprenticeship Programme (PCDA) or through the Degree Holder Programme (DHEP). For further information, please click below.
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.
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.
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.
The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) replaces the Policing Professional Framework (PPF)
Qualities and sets out nationally recognised behaviours and values to support all policing
in a range of local and national processes, both now and in the future. The framework ensures
there are clear expectations of everyone working in policing which in turn will lead to
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.
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.
Security Clearance (for all roles). Security Clearance will vary depending on the role that you are considered. The vetting process will assess criminal record, financial status, business interests and references, and all applicants are expected to declare all relevant information.
Medical Clearance- Applicants must be physically and mentally fit to carry out the duties required.
Eyesight is particularly important and you may need to have your eyes checked by an optician as part of your assessment.
Should your appointment be progressed, your fingerprints and DNA profile will be taken and kept separately on the respective Police Elimination Database (PEDb). This will be used for the purposes of elimination only and allow the force to identify fingerprints and DNA which may be left unwittingly at scenes-of-crime by police officers, special constables or relevant police staff.
The purpose of obtaining fingerprints and DNA samples is to allow for a speculative search to be made against the local and national databases prior to your appointment to the police force. This is to ensure that you have not previously come to adverse police attention, which you have not informed us of, and also that you are not linked to any outstanding crime scenes.