The Metropolitan Police Service may have faced considerable funding cuts and rising crime rates throughout the years, but it remains as steadfast as ever in its commitment to uphold the public peace. No matter how difficult the Met’s current situation may seem, the sheer honour of serving as a police constable remains undiminished.
Today, however, the Met faces an increasing need to diversify its workforce. After all, in such an ethnically diverse city as London, the police force must be better equipped to deal with culture-based issues. Yet apart from the need to make sure ethnic minorities are well represented, the police force also has to enforce high standards. Here is what Clare Davies, deputy HR director for the Met, has to say on the matter.
“Over the next three years we will be recruiting up to 5,000 new police constables, from as many London communities as we can. This is the highest number of officers the Met has recruited in years and is an opportunity to dramatically change the make-up of our force.
We don’t want money to be a barrier to policing. Our entry standards have changed and we want recruits to hold the new Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, which they have to fund themselves. We will soon be launching a means-tested interest-free loan scheme that new recruits can pay back when they join the Met.”
Volunteers and special constables are encouraged to formally join the police force. The path to becoming a police constable is not that easy, however. One has to meet a set of police pre join requirements and pass a series of interviews and assessments, all of which are intended to prepare applicants for the challenges that come with the job.
Police pre-join requirements include, among other things, a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing from a duly recognised training provider such as Police Knowledge. Aspiring constables must complete 10 CKP course modules, each subject to assessment, and pass all medical and security background checks. Upon satisfactory course completion, applicants need to undergo a formal recruitment and selection process before they can be admitted to their chosen force within England and Wales.
(Source: How to make the Metropolitan police look more like London, TheGuardian.com)