A package of positive recruitment options including coaching by senior officers and bursaries for new recruits will plug the black and minority ethnic (BME) gap in the Metropolitan Police, a senior officer has claimed.
Assistant Commissioner for Territorial Policing Simon Byrne is pushing forward a number of recruitment and training options to encourage more BME recruits into the force to address the growing disparity between white and ethnic minority officers.
If they are approved, it is hoped they will be in place in time for the Force’s recruitment drive for 5,000 extra officers, which is due to start in late summer.
The ‘positive action options’ include recruits in under-represented groups, including BME and female officers, getting access to coaching by established officers who will discuss specific issues about policing London and the requirements for being an officer in the Met.
Under new recruitment policies, the force will only take on candidates with either previous experience as a special constable or a PCSO or on completion of a policing qualification. To encourage more BME people to consider a career in policing, bursaries will also be available for them if they chose to complete a policing qualification.
Other changes to the application and selection processes, which are permitted under the Equality Act 2010 for groups that are under represented, could also include additional training sessions prior to candidates attending assessment centres and before they complete their SEARCH (structured entrance assessment for recruiting constables’ holistically) exam.
These sessions will focus on “aligning the recruits to policing in London” rather than using the “one size fits all” training that all PCs receive, according to AC Byrne.
However, specific details, including the nature of the training and the kind of coaching that would be on offer, are still being drawn up.
In an interview with PoliceOracle.com, AC Byrne explained that if the options were approved by senior command, they could be developed and be implemented within the next few months.
Source: Police Oracle
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