Police Promotion

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Peter Whittle Peter Whittle Brexit Alliance

What effect is the Metropolitan Police’s decision to abandon its tried and tested regime of ensuring all officers start at constable and working their way up through the ranks, currently having on the morale of the force’s junior ranks?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As I have stated in my previous answer to MQ4063, it is right that the MPS explores the potential of direct entry and fast track programmes as part of the ongoing development of its workforce.

In July this year the College of Policing (CoP) published detailed five-year evaluations on direct entry schemes and these can be viewed at www.college.police.uk/News/College-news/Pages/Direct-Entry-five-year-evaluation-report-published-July-2020.aspx

Changes to structures or recruitment programmes will inevitably engender some scepticism, though as the CoP evaluations themselves note, negative preconceptions of the programmes were often overturned through meeting or working with those in the direct entry roles.