The Metropolitan Police’s recruitment drive is proving a success, claims its deputy director of personnel.
The number of applications to join the police increased in January to a record high of 1,386. In the first 20 days in February the Met had received 1,600 applications.
Deputy director of personnel Peter Clarke believes that recruitment will also improve staff morale.
He said, “We are currently working with stretched resources and this does not help the state of the force’s morale. More police officers will improve the feel of police stations.”
Last month the Met introduced free train travel in and around London, at a cost of £2.5m a year, in an attempt to meet the force’s recruitment targets of 2,500 officers a year.