Plan to recruit most new police officers from specials

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Plan to recruit most new police officers from specials

Post by falkor » Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:25 pm

The governing body of the Metropolitan Police has endorsed the force's plans to recruit new officers from its pool of volunteer special constables. 30SEP10
The change means two-thirds of recruits would now have to work for 18 months in the unpaid role before applying.

The rest would come from the Met's community support officers, or have law and policing qualifications.

Some members of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) said the change could put off people from joining the police.

The proposals, which were put before the MPA by the Met's head of human resources Martin Tiplady, was ratified by 12 votes to six.

Mr Tiplady said the move was the "right way forward".

He said: "This will also deliver savings of between £12,000 and £20,000 per officer in salary costs during their training period. More importantly, our future police officer recruits will hit the ground running with full patrol status at the outset.

"This approach simply allows those considering a career as an officer to sample the job and acquire the right skills."

'Middle-class officers'

Kit Malthouse, chairman of the MPA, said the changes would lead to "better prepared police at lower cost" and was necessary because of the "financial jam" public services were in.

But the move was criticised by Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat representatives.

For Labour, John Biggs said the plan was "fundamentally flawed" as it would put people off applying because of the "hoops" they would have to jump through.

Last year, the Met recruited 2,000 new officers, taking its total complement to more than 31,000.

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Re: Plan to recruit most new police officers from specials

Post by nighthawk » Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:52 pm

GMP has already started this. You can't join up untill you've completed 2 years as a special.
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