Are you between 18 and 57 years of age?
Being over 57 doesn't necessarily preclude you from applying.
out more about age requirements here
Are you any of the following?
A British citizen
A member of the EC/EEA
A Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK and free of restrictions
Find out more
about nationality requirements here
Have you been resident in the UK for the last three years?
Find out more
about residency requirements here.
Have you ever been convicted or cautioned for any offence either as an adult or a juvenile?
Ideally, you should not have a criminal record but some minor offences may not exclude you.
If you answered 'yes'
check whether your criminal record is significant here
Do you have any tattoos on any part of your body?
In itself, having a tattoo doesn't mean you are
ineligible for consideration. However, some specific tattoos are not
suitable for or compatible with the role of Special Constable.
Find out more
about the kind of tattoos that aren't acceptable here
If yes, could your tattoo(s) cause offence to members of the public or colleagues?
Are you or have you ever been registered as bankrupt?
Your financial status is important because Special
Constables have access to privileged information, which may make them
vulnerable to corruption. It is therefore important that you are not
under any undue pressure from undischarged debts or liabilities.
Find out more about financial status requirements here
Do you have, or have you ever had any County Court Judgements against you?
Are any of your financial arrangements (including mortgage) in arrears, or have you had any loans/credit arrangements withdrawn?
Are you currently employed as or involved in any of the following?
Please click here
to view precluded occupations list.
Being involved in these areas may conflict with the role of
Special Constable. Therefore, if you answered 'yes' you are not
currently eligible to apply.
Service in HM Forces
Have you ever served in any of HM Forces?
Please note that we only accept applications from individuals
who possess 'exemplary' and 'very good' character assessments from the
Army and RAF, or 'very good' and 'good' from the Royal Navy.
Do you have good eyesight (with spectacles or contact lenses if required)?
The eyesight standards required to become a Special Constable
are fairly complicated. Having some conditions - or having submitted to
certain procedures - will preclude you from consideration, others will
Check full details of eyesight requirements here
You need to be fit to be a special constable. Are you physically fit?
Check full details of physical fitness requirements here
You need to be in good health physically and mentally to be a special constable.
Do you have any medical conditions which could prevent you from becoming a special
Check full details of health requirements here
No formal educational qualifications are required. However, you must be able to
cope with the training requirements and be able to manage the full range of tasks
expected of a constable.
Have you applied to be a Special Constable with the Metropolitan Police Service within the last six months?
If you have previously applied to join the MPS as a Special
Constable, and your application was unsuccessful, we will not accept
another application for six months from the time you were notified of
the outcome of your last application.