Detective Shortage

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/0624
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

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

 

Answer

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.