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