Police Constable recruitment - cost of Certificate in Knowledge in Policing

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2300
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

At MOPAC Challenge on 20 June it was acknowledged that the £800-£1000 cost of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) which the MPS now requires recruits to complete before they can start as a new police constable presents a barrier to many potential recruits. Please provide details of what financial and other support is going to be available to address this.

Answer

Answer for Police Constable recruitment - cost of Certificate in Knowledge in Policing

Answer for Police Constable recruitment - cost of Certificate in Knowledge in Policing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor

The MPS is currently doing some work to determine whether the cost of the course is a barrier to entry that needs to be addressed, and if so, what financial support might be feasible to ensure those from low-income backgrounds are not put off applying.

I committed in my manifesto to work with the MPS Commissioner to create a police force that looks more like London. For the MPS to be at its strongest, it must reflect, and be fully accepted by, the population it seeks to serve.