Plenary on 2017-07-06
Session date: 
July 6, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How is your initiative to recruit detectives direct from the public going?


Answer for Detectives

Answer for Detectives

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In a first for UK policing, Londoners now have the opportunity to join the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) directly as a detective constable. This is a ground-breaking initiative that is making good progress.


The original target of 1,000 applicants was met in the first week of the campaign following extensive media coverage. As of 21st June, 2153 completed applications have been received.


The ‘Meet the Detective’ events have been well attended with the last two events held on 22nd and 28th June.


The campaign is scheduled to end on 3rd July at which point applicants will progress to the next stage and be asked to complete a verbal reasoning test. Additional sifting and testing will take place throughout the year.


The ambition is to recruit 160 detectives in 2018.