One of the benefits of the move to BCUs is an investment in more officers involved with schools and youth engagement – a commitment to almost double numbers, from less than 300 officers to well over 500 officers.
Change on this scale does take time and thus officers are still being posted into the new roles that were created within BCUs. To be clear these are not long-standing vacancies but newly created posts which the MPS must now recruit to.
As of the end of February 2019 there were 382 Schools & Youth Engagement Officers. A snapshot of posts yet to be filled from the HR system against the new target shows 144.55 (Full Time Equivalent) posts across the 12 BCUs. The table below shows this detail by BCU.
Safer Schools and Youth Engagement Officers will continue to grow throughout 2019 as the MPS completes the transition to the new model.
Newly Established Posts to be filled
AS - Central South Command Unit Total
AW - Central West Command Unit Total
CE - Central East Command Unit Total
CN - Central North Command Unit Total
EA - East Area Command Unit Total
NA - North Area Command Unit Total
NE - North East Command Unit Total
NW - North West Command Unit Total
SE - South East Command Unit Total
SN - South Area Command Unit Total
SW - South West Command Unit Total
WA - West Area Command Unit Total
*Note that at the time this data snapshot was taken, the West Area was over establishment.