Diversity in the Met (2)

MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please can you provide figures 2012/2013 for new recruits broken down by gender and ethnicity?


Answer for Diversity in the Met (2)

Answer for Diversity in the Met (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 1 July 2013.

In the financial year 2012/13, there was minimal recruitment to the role of Police Constable pending decisions on the medium term financial plan. In total, the MPS recruited only 125 recruits new to the role of Constable and 62 experienced officers from other forces. The table below shows an analysis of female and BME recruitment, together with the percentage.

The MPS now has plans to recruit around 5,000 new recruits to bring overall officer strength to around 32,000 by the end of the financial year 2015/16.

I am committed to creating a police force that represents the diversity of London and the drive to recruit 5000 new officers over the next 3 years provides an opportunity to achieve this.

My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is working closely with the MPS, Home Office and College of Policing to develop a range of positive action initiatives to maximise the number of BME and female recruits during this recruitment drive.

On the 20 June, my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime led a MOPAC Challenge panel to determine the range of positive action initiatives that the police can use to ensure London's police force better reflects London's population.