You may not know this but The Met is the largest employer in London, with around 48,000 full time members of staff. This figure includes police officers, police community support workers, and those based in support functions. It’s the biggest police force in the UK by a significant margin, and is one of the biggest in the world.
The force is divided into 32 Borough Operational Command Units, directly aligned with the 32 boroughs of London. It’s headquartered at New Scotland Yard in Whitehall.
The Graduate Development Programme at the Met lasts three years, and gives successful applicants the opportunity to quickly develop as a police officer. Though the first two years will see recruits working on the streets and getting a good grounding in various areas of policing, the third year is focused on developing leadership and management skills to equip individuals for a senior role.
Alongside on-the-job training, graduates are assigned a mentor and have access to the Talent Management Team, which can provide one-on-one career support. Applications are welcomed from graduates with a 2:1 degree in any discipline, and the main requirement is a passion to make a difference to the lives of millions of Londoners.
The starting salary is around £27,000, and there is also a very competitive benefits package.
The Metropolitan police have a number of nicknames such as: The Met, Old Bill & Scotland Yard.