Metropolitan Police reserves jobs for Londoners only

Streatham Guardian: Northerners need not apply for jobs at the Met Police from next month. Northerners need not apply for jobs at the Met Police from next month.

Police constables in London will be recruited exclusively from people who live in the capital, it has been announced today.

For the first time in its history, the Metropolitan Police Service will recruit exclusively from Londoners in a bit to ensure the force is "more resilient and more reflective of the city it serves".

The Met said it is on track to recruit 5,000 new police constables before 2016 to maintain police numbers at or around 32,000, as pledged in London Mayor Boris Johnson's 2012 election manifesto.

The new policy means that from Friday, August 1, only job candidates who have lived in Greater London for three of the last six years will now be eligible to apply at entry level.

The Met commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: “London is a 24/7 global city with a dynamic and intensity not seen in other parts of the UK.

"And with London’s population increasing and becoming even more diverse it is essential that our workforce is able to maintain the trust and confidence of London’s communities.

“Recruiting Constables with a knowledge and understanding of this reality through living in the capital makes sense to help us achieve this aim.

“They will have a better understanding of local issues, knowledge of local communities and an inbuilt insight into London’s varied cultures. We need great talent to help us fight crime."

Mr Johnson said: “It is vital that London’s police force reflects the city it serves. Recent recruitment rounds have attracted a more diverse pool of applicants, but by focusing exclusively on Londoners from now on, we can achieve our goals more quickly.

"By putting Londoners first, we can fill the Met’s ranks with the talented recruits who understand the people and culture of this great global city the best.

“Every police officer is always and will always be selected on merit, but there is more than enough talent in this great city to give the Met all the devoted and skilled new recruits they need to go on keeping Londoners safe.”

The policy change will not affect serving officers, existing Met staff, members of the Special Constabulary, or existing police officers seeking to transfer from other UK forces.

People who live outside Greater London will still be able to apply to become an MPS Special Constable, Police Community Support Officer, or member of police staff, or under the existing recruitment process for a Police Constable, until Thursday, July 31.

What do you think? Should London's police be made up of only Londoners? Leave a comment below or email: ooakes@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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12:49pm Mon 14 Jul 14

D Hoole says...

As I understand it, the main reason the Met has so many non-Londoners is that they can't afford a home in London, so either that isn't true (and many officers are happy commuters who enjoy lowered housing costs ), or the Met will need to subsidise London housing for them.
As I understand it, the main reason the Met has so many non-Londoners is that they can't afford a home in London, so either that isn't true (and many officers are happy commuters who enjoy lowered housing costs ), or the Met will need to subsidise London housing for them. D Hoole
  • Score: 8

1:21pm Mon 14 Jul 14

wattiswitnit says...

Surely this has to be illegal. You cannot refuse someone a job on the basis that they cannot afford to live in London!
Think about it.
Surely this has to be illegal. You cannot refuse someone a job on the basis that they cannot afford to live in London! Think about it. wattiswitnit
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8:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

metis says...

A few months ago, Bernard Howe expressed a desire for a change in the law to allow him to use positive discrimination to have one ethnic for every white policeman in order to rid the force of it reputation for 'institutional racism'. That is really what this article is about but it is disguised in the wording to avoid controversy.
So what we have in effect is the police employing racial discrimination to get rid of racial discrimination!!
People should be employed on merit. End of.
A few months ago, Bernard Howe expressed a desire for a change in the law to allow him to use positive discrimination to have one ethnic for every white policeman in order to rid the force of it reputation for 'institutional racism'. That is really what this article is about but it is disguised in the wording to avoid controversy. So what we have in effect is the police employing racial discrimination to get rid of racial discrimination!! People should be employed on merit. End of. metis
  • Score: 8

12:52am Tue 15 Jul 14

ChrisSquire says...

The important thing is that the recruits should reflect the ethnic mix of young London as it is today and no longer be mainly white British stock.
The important thing is that the recruits should reflect the ethnic mix of young London as it is today and no longer be mainly white British stock. ChrisSquire
  • Score: -4

1:27am Tue 15 Jul 14

metis says...

ChrisSquire wrote:
The important thing is that the recruits should reflect the ethnic mix of young London as it is today and no longer be mainly white British stock.
Why?
[quote][p][bold]ChrisSquire[/bold] wrote: The important thing is that the recruits should reflect the ethnic mix of young London as it is today and no longer be mainly white British stock.[/p][/quote]Why? metis
  • Score: 1

10:50am Tue 15 Jul 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

So new Met officers will have to come from London to better serve the public, who come from almost every City, Town, & County, in this country, as well as Scotland, Wales & Ireland. Is Hogan Who going to stop all the other workers from all around the UK coming to London? Has he not seen the ethnic mix of people in almost every town & city in the UK? This will surely backfire on the Met. When is Hogan Howe going back to Yorkshire then?
So new Met officers will have to come from London to better serve the public, who come from almost every City, Town, & County, in this country, as well as Scotland, Wales & Ireland. Is Hogan Who going to stop all the other workers from all around the UK coming to London? Has he not seen the ethnic mix of people in almost every town & city in the UK? This will surely backfire on the Met. When is Hogan Howe going back to Yorkshire then? Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: -1

1:22pm Tue 15 Jul 14

jeremyhm says...

I would have thought most people would wish for honest, hard-working individuals, without worrying about where they come from or what they look like
I would have thought most people would wish for honest, hard-working individuals, without worrying about where they come from or what they look like jeremyhm
  • Score: 6
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