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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New ways to join policing

Ways to join

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.



3 Years

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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.



2 Years

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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.

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.


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: