Met turns to Tower Hamlets to find police officers of the future

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The council is working with the Metropolitan Police to recruit the next generation of police officers.

The force wants 40 per cent of its new starters to be from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds. It is a target that will be hard to meet without attracting applicants from London’s most diverse communities. 

Mayor John Biggs said: “We believe that London’s police force should reflect the communities it protects. The Met has come a long way in recent years but it will be the first to admit it still needs to attract a broader range of recruits.

“Tower Hamlets has one of London’s youngest populations and our diversity is one of our great strengths. Our communities are built on a culture of friendship, loyalty and hard work. I can’t think of a better place for the Met to find its future recruits.”

Tower Hamlets residents will go through the same assessment and vetting process as all other applicants. But they will be supported through the process by the specialist team at WorkPath, the council’s employment and training service.

WorkPath will be hosting a pre-application information day at its Upper Bank Street offices, giving potential recruits the opportunity to meet serving officers and find out more about what a career in policing involves. 

Those who go on to submit an application will also be given the additional support they need ahead of their assessment and interview.

Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth, said: “Police officers play an essential role in keeping our communities safe. It’s a career that offers the opportunity to work at the heart of the community, to be part of a team and to make a genuine difference.

“Despite this, I recognise that for some of our residents it may not be a path they had previously considered. I’d encourage them to make the most of this opportunity and to explore whether a career in policing could be right for them.”

More information about the opportunities available and how to register can be found on our police careers page.

The benefits of a career in the Metropolitan Police include:

  • A salary of £30,369 after training. 
  • 22 days annual leave.
  • Free travel on TFL services.
  • A generous pension.
  • Varied career development. 
Posted on Monday 17th February 2020