Lateral External Sergeants 2023


Sergeant / Detective Sergeant


Our mission is to keep London safe for everyone

We’re proud of our people and the job we do to police London. Over 40,000 colleagues are dedicated to serving 9 million+ residents and visitors of one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse global cities.  

Policing a city as large, complex and culturally diverse as London presents a wide variety of challenges – and opportunities! It’s why we’re interested in sergeants – a vital leadership role - with a range of life experiences and backgrounds. It’s why the ability to build trust and relationships with very different people is so important. Including your own team, who you will be there to lead and support through the range of daily challenges and rewards. 

More than this, you need to take genuine pride in making London safer for communities. 

Life as a Met sergeant

Our vision is to be the most trusted police service in the world.  The trust and confidence of the public towards us, the UK’s largest force, remains a central priority.  Compassionate, courageous, professional and always acting with integrity – our values are a non-negotiable part of working for the Met. This is the Met we want all Londoners to know, a Met full of great people focused on doing the job well and who turn our values into action every day.  This takes every single member of the Met, and as a sergeant you will play a key role in bringing our values to life for your team.  

You will achieve this by leading by example, upholding our professional standards, and leading your team through change.  You will need to deliver results - in line with the Met’s mission and vision, values and priorities – to focus on the things that matter most to Londoners; working closely with our partners and the public and to striving to achieve the best outcomes in the pursuit of justice and in the support of victims. 

Who are we looking for?

To be eligible to apply for this process, you must:

  • Be a current substantive sergeant or detective sergeant at the point of applying.
  • Have completed the work based assessment or OSPRE part II (with written evidence and sign off for this).
  • Have an overall competent or exceptional PDR rating for the most recent performance year.
  • Meet the MPS attendance management criteria.
  • Be free of any bar to promotion as a result of discipline outcomes.
  • Currently be serving in a Home Office force or BTP.
  • All mandatory training to be up to date.

All expressions of interest must be submitted by 23:55 on Friday, 16 June 2023.  

Queries in respect of this opportunity should be sent to the Met Promotions Team at - or by telephone 01633 632500 (option 4).  


Candidate briefing

We will be holding candidate briefings in May to provide you with further information on the process. The briefings will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and will be opened by the Assessment Director, Commander Nicholas John. For anyone who is unable to attend the briefings, a recording of the sessions will be made available. 

If you are interested in applying for this lateral opportunity and would like to attend, you can book onto a session by clicking on the link below: 

External candidate briefing: Friday, 19 May 10:00-11:00 Book

Please note that for substantive constables with a valid NPPF Sergeants examination pass applying on promotion there is a separate job advert and information pack to refer to. To review the promotion advert click here.

Disability Confident Statement 

The Met is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse and representative workforce at all levels. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups and females.

As a Disability Confident employer, the Met has committed to making disability equality part of our everyday practice. We ensure that people with disabilities and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. If you consider yourself to have access, workplace or reasonable adjustment requirements that need to be accommodated, we ask that you include this information within your application form. All matters will be treated in strict confidence and will not affect any recruitment decisions.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.