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Before you start a new application

The following questionnaire will help you assess your own eligibility for the role of Special Constable. Spend a few minutes completing it to make sure that you can meet the initial eligibility requirements.

This questionnaire does not form part of your application. No one will be able to see your results but you.

Eligibility criteria Yes/No More information

Are you between 18 and 57 years of age?

Being over 57 doesn't necessarily preclude you from applying.

Find 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.

Criminal record
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?

Financial status
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Are any of your financial arrangements (including mortgage) in arrears, or have you had any loans/credit arrangements withdrawn?

Employment status
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 not.

Check full details of eyesight requirements here

Physical Fitness
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 constable?

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.

Previous applications
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.