Racism in Met Police (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1616
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is the Met Police doing for BAME / ethnic minority communities to consider a career in the police force?

Answer

Answer for Racism in Met Police (3)

Answer for Racism in Met Police (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS has undertaken extensive efforts to appeal to ethnic minority communities to become police officers.

They have launched a marketing campaign based on the people behind the uniform - "Being you means we can be us".  This is underpinned with on-line stories from current officers outlining why they joined the police and the contribution they make to London.

The MPS has also developed a strong community engagement plan delivered by officers on borough using local networks and events to attract potential recruits.  This includes some innovative partnership arrangements with groups including faith groups to provide bursaries to young people in their community to fund obtainment of the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP). The MPS will also be offering financial support for the CKP in the form of an interest free loan which will be reimbursed from salary, loans will be offered on the basis of residency (within London) and means tested on household income.

In addition the MPS have commissioned market research from recruitment and marketing specialists to test MPS appeal and attraction, particularly to ethnic minority candidates, in order to inform further recruitment in 2014.