Firearms officers [1]

MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Met. Police Federation has warned that the Metropolitan Police Service could struggle to recruit 600 extra firearms officers within two years, as planned: do you agree with them; and if not will you give an update on progress towards this target and an indication of any obstacles in reaching the target that you currently envisage?


Answer for Firearms officers [1]

Answer for Firearms officers [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Met is making good progress on recruiting the additional firearms officers.

As of 4 Nov, 285 officers had been accepted onto the 9 week training course. 117 have been deployed with the remainder still in training. A further 290 officers have passed initial selection waiting to enter training.  For the next phase of recruitment there are a significant number of officers on the waiting list to enter the initial assessment centre.

There are no significant obstacles currently envisaged to reaching the overall target.