Constable to Sergeant 2022 Promotion Process

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Sergeant / Detective Sergeant

A UNIQUE CITY. A UNIQUE SET OF POLICING CHALLENGES. A UNIQUE CAREER. POLICING LONDON IS A CHALLENGE LIKE NO OTHER.

Our mission is to keep London safe for everyone

We’re proud of the job we do to police London, and we’re proud of our people. The over 46,0000 people in our team are dedicated to serving 9 million+ people who call London home, as well as all those who work in or visit our city -
one of the most dynamic and diverse in the world.

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.

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 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 Constable or Detective Constable *
  • Have a valid NPPF Step Two Legal Examination pass / OPSRE part I, or a former OSPRE part II pass at the point of sitting your assessment centre. 
  • Have an overall competent or exceptional PDR rating for the performance year ending 31st March 2022.
  • Meet the MPS attendance management criteria.
  • Be free of any bar to promotion as a result of discipline outcomes. 

* To be classed as a substantive Constable, officers must have completed their 2 year probation period before they can be made substantive. Officers must also have their probationary PDR signed off by their line manager. As prescribed by the College of Policing, there is no flexibility or deviation from this. 

All expressions of interest must be submitted by 23.55 hours on Tuesday 24th May 2022, with completed applications being submitted by 23.55 hours on Monday 13th June 2022. Please note that the application window has now been extended and candidates have until Monday 20th June 2022 to submit their application. 

Queries in respect of this opportunity should be sent to the Met Promotions Team at metpromotions@police.sscl.com. 

Candidate briefings

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, T/DAC Bas Javid. 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 promotion opportunity and would like to attend, you can book onto a session by clicking on the links below: 

Internal candidate briefing: Monday 23rd May 14:00-15:00 Book

External candidate briefing: Tuesday 24th May 14:00-15:00 Book

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

The Metropolitan Police Service 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 Black, Asian and Multiple Ethnic Heritage candidates and women. We are committed to flexible and blended working where possible, whether this be job share or compressed hours. We are also happy to offer more choice on future roles to enable flexibility. Appointments will be made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

NB. Please note that for substantive Sergeants applying for a lateral transfer there is a separate job advert and information pack to refer to. To view the lateral advert click here

Click ‘Apply’ to begin your online application form.

This opportunity is closed to applications.