Recruitment of Specials

MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I welcome that the Metropolitan Police Service is looking to increase its numbers of Specials from 1,900 to 5,000. However, the number of Specials fell by 16% in 2018/19 financial year (, page 33). What is the reason for this fall and how can it be reversed?


Recruitment of Specials

Recruitment of Specials

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has prioritised the recruitment and training of regular Police Constables (PCs). This is vital if they are to successfully grow numbers to 31,000 by the end of the year.

Special Constables do have a valuable role in supporting policing across the capital and the MPS is looking at new ways to attract and support those who are willing to give up their time and volunteer.

The MPS launched a new recruitment campaign in April called ‘my other job’ and is aiming to recruit around 500 new special constables in 2019/20.

The MPS has also appointed a dedicated lead for its Employer Supported Policing (ESP) scheme, which aims to encourage businesses to provide their staff with paid leave to train as special constables.