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Cecilia Goodwin, a lawyer who campaigns for reform of the Metropolitan Police, told ITV News that the force's move to recruit exclusively from London was a "step in the right direction".
Ms Goodwin added: "I think there is a long way to go, but it is a positive step [...] I think we are still in the early stages [...] This goes towards what we are working towards".
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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:
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.
Hiring local officers will ensure a good local knowledge and maintain the trust and confidence of residents, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said.
Sir Hogan-Howe added: "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."
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.