Youth engagement training for police recruits

MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you introduce a compulsory youth engagement training module for all new police recruits?


Answer for Youth engagement training for police recruits

Answer for Youth engagement training for police recruits

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Thanks, Jenny. What we are doing is not a specific new engagement training module for youth engagement but in the stop and search behavioural module, there is a new emphasis on engaging with young people. Obviously we would expect, as part of any police officer, any police community support officer [PCSO] general training that they should understand how to engage with young people and the traps not to fall into.

Jenny Jones (AM): I do not know if you know but the Safer London Foundation, which is a Metropolitan Police Service charity, did a poll of young people and 50% of those questions said they did not trust the police. There is a big gap that needs to be fixed somehow, so I am really glad to hear about that. I think you are having a big recruiting session this summer. I think all police officers ought to have a bit more on how to engage with young people.

Darren Johnson (Chair): OK, thank you. A very quick answer to that before the Green Group is out of time.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes and it is part of trying to increase police confidence which is what Victoria has rightly raised.