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									The medical assessment for police officer, special constable, police community
support officer and designated detention officer

To be accepted for these jobs you will need to:

      Pass the job related fitness test
      Meet the eyesight standards (with and without glasses or contact lenses)
      Have adequate hearing, with hearing aids if necessary
      Be able to carry out the role (without putting yourself, colleagues or the public at
      Pass vetting and reference (including attendance) checks.

To be at your most fit and healthy you need to eat healthily, not smoke and avoid being
overweight. These websites can help you achieve these aims:

    (or call NHS Smoking Helpline 0800 022 4332)

The medical assessment

You will be asked to complete a confidential Health Declaration and attend a medical
assessment to check your hearing, eyesight, urine, blood pressure, height/weight and
breathing. Following this further information may be required, for example from your GP.

Some common medical issues are outlined below. If you need further advice, email: HR- or leave a message for a recruitment doctor on 020 8358

No one is rejected because of a medical label and everyone receives a detailed
individual assessment. The Disability Discrimination Act covers all positions in the
Metropolitan Police Service. If you have a disability adjustments will be made if it is
reasonable to do so.
Weight And BMI (see for a BMI calculator)
Overweight             If your BMI is above 32 (for police officer) or 35 (for PCSO, DDO
                       or Special) you will not be accepted unless your body fat is less
                       than 30% for men, 36% for women. If it is likely you will need
                       many months to lose the weight/ fat required you will be rejected
                       and will have to reapply.
Underweight            If your BMI is below 19 you will be individually assessed.
Vision (with spectacles or contact lenses if required) using both eyes must be 6/6 for
police officer, 6/12 for PCSO, DDO & special constable applicants.

Unaided vision (without spectacles or contact lenses) must not be less than 6/60 using
both eyes for PCSO, DDO & special constable, 6/36 for police officer.

Normal colour vision is not required except for certain specialist police officer roles
(such as response driving or firearms). Laser surgery is acceptable.
Poor hearing in You will need detailed assessment by our MPS hearing specialist
one or both ears   team to determine whether your hearing is sufficient for the role
                   (with or without hearing aids)
Asthma             You will be individually assessed. Individuals with asthma that is
                   well-controlled with inhalers are acceptable.
Diabetes.          You will be individually assessed. Your treatment needs to give
                   good blood-sugar control & be able to adapt to the demands of
                   the job (including shifts and variable meal patterns).
Epilepsy           You will be individually assessed. It is recommended that you
                   have not experienced a seizure for at least 18 months (with or
                   without medication) before you apply.
‘Stress’, anxiety You will be individually assessed. These roles are front-line and
or depression      public facing, requiring the ability to deal with public in a wide
                   range of situations. It is recommended that you have been well
                   without medication for at least 6 months before you apply.
Dyslexia           We are able to take this into account for your selection
                   procedures if you have a report confirming your condition. For
                   police officers this report must be carried out as an adult. Support
                   is available during training and in these roles.
I have a severe Most allergies are compatible with these roles, but if you have a
allergy            severe allergy (including a history of collapse or breathing
                   difficulties) you are advised to contact a recruitment doctor for
                   further advice before you apply.
I take Warfarin/ Before you apply please contact a recruitment doctor for further
have a blood advice.
clotting disorder

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