MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In 2013/14 only 13 BME former PCSOs became police officers and only three became police officers in 2012/13 compared to 194 that became officers in 2011/12. Considering the current recruitment drive and the importance placed on having a representative force for our multicultural city, how do you explain these figures? What specific work are you doing to improve upon them?


Answer for BME PCSOs

Answer for BME PCSOs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In previous years conversion from PCSO to PC was one of the few ways to become an officer in the MPS.

In 2013/14 31 Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) became Police Constables (PCs) not 13.

Since the autumn of 2013 the MPS has undertaken a drive to recruit 5,000 new PCs. This has opened up opportunities for external candidates and naturally reduced flow from the PCSOs.

PCSOs have considerably better diversity that the officer workforce, 36% are from a Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) background.

The Commissioner and I are committed to having an MPS that reflects the diverse community it serves. A range of initiatives are in place to support the recruitment of diverse police constables including: the London residency criterion; Community Ambassador Programme (CAP); positive action support; interest free loan for the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP); and extensive marketing outreach.

MOPAC will continue to challenge the MPS to make progress towards a diverse workforce and will monitor the change through its workforce dashboard.