New Metropolitan Police officers 'must live in city'
Anyone wanting to become a police officer in London will have to have been living in the capital for at least three of the last six years as the force aims to become "more reflective of the city it serves".
No one can afford to live in the city so recruitment will suffer (again).
– Siobhan Eliot
We can't stop Europeans coming into this country to knick all of our jobs. But we can stop people living outside of London joining the Met! Seems a bit exclusive to me. Surely this has to infringe some European law somewhere along the line. And as you know, we must not disobey Europe, must we.
– Chris Hall
Have agree too disagree. Living in London you have to know your knowledge, If your a outsider and quick to pick up then no each person is different the Met is changing all the time.
A Metropolitan Police move to recruit constables exclusively from London is about "competence rather than colour", the deputy mayor for Policing and Crime has said. Stephen Greenhalgh added:
We need a Metropolitan Police Service that is made up of many more Londoners so the force has the diversity of talent needed to police a great global city.
As London grows and changes in the decades ahead, the police must change too so that they can police effectively and maintain public consent. That means having officers who understand the dynamics of this city and who have the skills to connect with and serve all Londoners
The police need a workforce with a good understanding of the diverse communities they serve, Policing minister Damian Green has said, after it was announced that new police constables would be hired exclusively from around the city.
Officers must be able to gain the trust and support of those communities to report crime and work with them. A workforce which is drawn from and reflects the communities it serves is an important element of fair and effective policing.
I support the Met Commissioner and Mayor of London's determination to ensure that their workforce can understand and relate to communities in a modern, diverse and dynamic city like London.
The Metropolitan Police's local recruitment move will see 5,000 new police officers in the next two years, London Mayor Boris Johnson has said.
Mr Johnson added: "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."
The new policy, which comes into effect on August 1, will not affect serving officers or police staff, the Met said.
The Met Police will recruit exclusively from London residents for new police constables from the 1st of August. Mayor Boris Johnson and Metropolitan Police Commissioner will announce the new criteria today. New applicants will have to have lived in the capital for 3 of the last 6 years.