LONDON: Bold steps are being taken by the Met to accelerate our work to increase even further public trust and confidence in us – particularly among London’s black communities. “We have come a very long way over the last two decades, working with our many and diverse communities to build positive relationships, focus on what matters most to Londoners and recruit a workforce that reflects the city we serve”.
The Met wants all communities to have the same level of trust in us and aims to become the most trusted police service in the world. Lower levels of trust create challenges to keeping Londoners safe whether it is a reluctance to share information, to report crime, or to support our work to tackle violence.
Our job is to protect all of London’s communities and to do so with professionalism and empathy. Some of the most serious violent crime on our streets, often involving knives and guns, affects some communities more than others. Complex and societal reasons for this have meant this has been the case for far too long.
We are working with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and his team, in respect of the Action Plan published today, to further boost our ongoing work.
We want the best people who can police London through their understanding of the city and local issues. We know there are benefits to focusing our recruitment efforts in London, so from Friday, 13th November, we will be re-implementing the London residency requirement for most entry routes to join us as a police officer.
Today, half of all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic police officers in England and Wales – over 5,000, work in the Met. We have nearly 2,000 Special Constables of whom about 31% are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and over 4,500 volunteer police cadets of which more than 43% are also from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. There are also nearly 10,000 police staff colleagues of whom over 26% are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
We want these numbers to increase further and have an ambition for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic officers to make up 40% of all Met officers recruited from 2022. In addition, our ambition is to also increase the overall number of black officers in the Met and continue building on the success we have seen through our Outreach Recruitment Programme to encourage more black Londoners to consider a career in policing.
We also want more Black and Minority Ethnic sergeants and inspectors in the Met, and we want to build on the progress we have already made in eradicating disproportionality in our promotion processes through successful initiatives such as our positive action workshops for black officers. Ring-fenced funding of £400,000 from the Mayor will be used to support our work in this area further and to strengthen the career development support given to black officers so they are well-equipped and as well-supported as possible in progressing their careers.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I want the Met to be the most trusted police service in the world. We have made a lot of progress over many years, but there is much more to be done. I have been committed to this work throughout my service as a police officer and that commitment is as strong as ever.