Lateral External Inspectors Process 2024


Inspector / Detective Inspector

Be a part of building a new Met for London

Inspectors and Detective Inspectors

LOCATIONS: Across London


Our mission is to deliver more trust; less crime and high standards.

Policing London is a privilege and serving the diverse communities who call London home is at the heart of this privilege.  London: a city that can rival any in the world for its history, vibrancy, diversity and culture.

The Met: a police service that can offer opportunities like no other be that in opportunities or operations. 


Right now the London and the Met need great leaders who help us to rebuild policing by consent and deliver the reform by improving the things that our communities and our people have told us we need to fix or improve. 

Life as an Inspector

We’re building A New Met for London and focusing on:

  • Community crime fighting: as an inspector you’ll be the heart of helping your team to deliver policing that’s more connected to communities, regardless of role. This could be where communities know their local officers and where they help to shape priorities and we work with them to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. When victims call us for help, they must be satisfied with our response and when investigating crime, they must have confidence that we will undertake the right level of investigation that produces the right outcome. We know there’s more we can do to improve our service and how important strong leadership is.
  • Culture change: we will build a strong healthy culture that embeds policing by consent; our values and principles throughout all we do. Our Inspectors will bring those values to life for their teams; will prioritise the Londoners we serve in everything we do above what is right for the Met.  You’ll create an environment for your people where they feel included; are clear on the standards expected and led by your example are confident to tackle those who fall short of our standards
  • Fixing our foundations: we will make sure our people – especially on the frontline – have what they need to do the job well. You’ll help set your team up to succeed through the training, kit, equipment and support they need to do the job well. 



For substantive sergeants / detective sergeants applying on promotion please click here


About you:

To be eligible to apply for this process, you must

  1. Be a current substantive Inspector or Detective Inspector by 29, January 2024.
  2. Have completed the Work Based Assessment or OSPRE part II (with written evidence and sign off of this).
  3. Have an overall competent or exceptional PDR rating for the last performance year.
  4. Meet the MPS attendance management criteria.
  5. Be free of any bar to promotion as a result of discipline outcomes.
  6. Be currently working for a Home Office force or BTP. 
  7. All mandatory training to be up to date.
  8. Have completed a professional standards declaration within Oleeo.

All expressions of interest must be submitted by 23.55 on Monday 4th March 2024. There is no competency based application form 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 briefings


To provide further information on the process we are holding a briefing. The briefing will be opened by Commander Stephen Clayman who is the Assessment Director.

If you would like to attend, you can book onto a session by clicking on the link below:

Online session: Tuesday 30 January 10:15-11:15  Book


Queries in respect of this opportunity should be sent to the Met Promotions Team at  or by telephone on 01633 632500 (option 4) between 9am and 6pm. 

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.

Read our full disability confidence statement.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.