New Met Police Officers Must Be From London
Monday 14th July 2014
Anyone wanting to become a Met Police officer will have to be a Londoner.
As the force aims to become "more reflective of the city it serves", for the first time, any new constables must have been living in the capital for three of the last six years.
Deputy mayor for policing in London Stephen Greenhalgh told LBC it will work. He said: "There is no shortage of Londoners that want to serve. There's no shortage of minority Londoners who want to become police officers.
"But in the rush to join, we're seeing many people from outside the capital applying and if we want a city that's more resiliant and is policed by Londoners, then this is the future."
It is part of the Met Police's commitment to recruit 5,000 new police constables before 2015.
The new policy comes into effect on 1st August and won't affect serving officers or police staff.
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "London is a 24/7 global city with a dynamic and intensity not seen in other parts of the UK. And with London's population increasing and becoming even more diverse it is essential that our workforce is able to maintain the trust and confidence of London’s communities.
"Recruiting Constables with a knowledge and understanding of this reality through living in the capital makes sense to help us achieve this aim.
"They will have a better understanding of local issues, knowledge of local communities and an inbuilt insight into London’s varied cultures. We need great talent to help us fight crime."
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "It is vital that London’s police force reflects the city it serves. Recent recruitment rounds have attracted a more diverse pool of applicants, but by focusing exclusively on Londoners from now on, we can achieve our goals more quickly. By putting Londoners first, we can fill the Met’s ranks with the talented recruits who understand the people and culture of this great global city the best.
"Every police officer is always and will always be selected on merit, but there is more than enough talent in this great city to give the Met all the devoted and skilled new recruits they need to go on keeping Londoners safe."
A recent report said that most Met Police officers were forced to live outside London, as they could not afford to live in the capital.