Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (1)

MQT on 2014-01-29
Session date: 
January 29, 2014
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I raised questions about the affordability of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing in February 2013, and in July 2013 you informed the Assembly that "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." Six months on from this statement can you please outline in the detail what this work has so far entailed and what initial conclusions you are drawing? 


Answer for Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (1)

Answer for Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Following the first recruitment campaign in August to take place since the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) was introduced the MPS commissioned market research in November 2013 with the candidates to establish the impact of the new requirement. Final conclusions are not yet available. However, the MPS will begin offering financial support from March 2014.

This financial support will take the form of an interest free loan which will be reimbursed from salary. Financial support will be offered on the basis of residency (within London) and means tested household income. Details of the financial offer, criteria and how to access it will be provided on the MPS careers website from March 2014.