London police officers could soon receive a £600 bonus if they help recruit ethnic officers.
The Metropolitan Police Service is set to introduce a recruitment bounty in a bid to improve the rate of recruitment among ethnic minorities.
The incentive would see officers paid a fee, when a candidate they recommend joins the service, or if they tempt an ethnic officer from another area.
A spokesperson for the Met's HR department said the bounty scheme is currently being developed and, if successful, could be used by other police forces.
The move forms part of a package of radical measures aiming to help meet strict Home Office targets set after the Met was branded institutionally racist by the Macpherson Report.
The Home Office has set the Met a target of 25 per cent ethnic composition by 2009. Its new ethic recruitment roadshow, Intromet, is currently touring the UK.
To speed up the recruitment process potential candidates can complete an application and if suitable, take the Police Initial Recruitment Test the same day.