Lateral External Sergeants 2022


Sergeant / Detective Sergeant


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.

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 of this). 
  • Have an overall competent or exceptional PDR rating for the last performance year. 
  • Meet the MPS attendance management criteria. 
  • Be free of any bar to promotion as a result of discipline outcome. 
  • 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 hours on 22nd June 2022. There is no competency based application for this process. 

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

Candidate briefing

We will be holding a candidate briefing on Tuesday 24th May to provide you further information on the process. The briefing 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 candidate briefing, a recording of the session will be made available. 

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

Tuesday 24th May 2022 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 Constables with a valid NPPF Sergeants examination pass applying for promotion there is a separate job advert and information pack to refer to. To view the promotion advert click here

Click ‘Apply’ to begin your online expression of interest.

This opportunity is closed to applications.