Detective Shortage

MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the Mayor what progress has been made in addressing the Metropolitan Police's shortage of detectives.



Answer for Detective Shortage

Answer for Detective Shortage

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are currently 748 detective constable vacancies.

Detective recruitment remains a challenging area and AC Gallan continues to lead a Met Diamond group to oversee the Met's action to resolve the shortfall.

The introduction of direct entry detectives in the summer of 2017 is anticipated to make a considerable difference and the first successful group of applicants has now begun training. This is a ground-breaking initiative that is making good progress.

Other means to improve the detective shortfall include additional courses to support potential trainee detectives through the National Investigative exam process; and investigative coaching and mentoring processes to support the development and experience of trainee detectives.

MOPAC will continue to monitor the number of detectives.