Police officer skills

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th May 2022.

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Photo of Neil Garratt Neil Garratt Conservative

The Assembly has heard from the Met and City of London Police on the extent of online fraud. This is a huge growing area of crime that is going to be a permanent feature of the digital world. These crimes often require different skills from traditional policing – the current uplift in officers is an opportunity to recruit these officers with these skills. What has the Met done to recruit new officers with the appropriate skills?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS operates a Detective Constable pathway to attract degree level applicants from a range of backgrounds, including those with prior investigative experience of online criminality.

Each of the 12 Basic Command Units (BCUs) now have cyber champions. In addition, officers with specific technology skills have been proactively recruited from the MSC policing family.

As part of a wider package of learning transformation the MPS is seeking to strengthen its investigative capacity. The College of Policing’s Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP) has set clear expectations for police services around complex types of internet dependant crime. Therefore, the MPS is working to introduce the following subjects to its learning curriculum:

Operation Modify – Improving Digital Thinking & Identifying sources of digital evidence and digital opportunities