Met goes on the road to attract ethnic recruits

The
Metropolitan Police recruitment team is travelling the country in a bid to
attract more ethnic recruits.

The
Met’s new ethnic recruitment roadshow – Intromet – is touring the UK and has
already visited Leicester in search of new candidates.

To
speed up the recruitment process, people interested in joining the capital’s
police force can complete an application and if suitable, the Police Initial
Recruitment Test (PIRT) on the same day.

The
Positive Action Team is running the event in a bid to meet diversity targets
set by the Home Office.

Head
of recruitment at the Met, chief superintendent Bob Carr, said working in
London offers more opportunities for career development than other smaller
cities.

“By
targeting Leicester we are aiming to appeal to its multi-cultural population to
consider a career in the police.

“London
is a really exciting place to work, with unique opportunities for police
officers. There is an excellent starting salary and free rail travel within 70
miles,” he said.

The
Met is hoping to woo candidates from outside London with a salary of £26,000,
high profile policing and more varied career development and progression.

Despite
the possibility of candidates being lost to the Capital, Veronica Tordimah, the
head of recruitment for Leicestershire Police, backed the scheme and claimed it
gave local people more choice.

By Ross Wigham

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