Metropolitan Police to recruit up to 2000 Constables next year

jaggers

Lantern Swinger
Metropolitan Police to recruit up to 5000 Constables by 2016

I'm ex-Met myself and have a friend from Dartmouth who's currently a training instructor and we've both heard the same thing. The emphasis will be first of all be on Special Constables and PCSOs (the police equivalent of the RNR and RFA) given a shine up and made regulars but they might also recruit direct and ex-servicemen always get first pick especially if they've served in RN police or any sort of enforcement role within the service.

Job's pretty good, intial pay is equivalent to a Sub Lt and you get overtime and allowances including heavily subsidised travel via bus, tube and train. Hendon is no problem if you've been to Dartmouth and if you've been to Raleigh it's a lot more academic (equivalent to a degree in 18 weeks) but still perfectly doable. One thing I would say is that there's a lot more emphasis on individual work and self-discipline, you're allowed to get on with your own thing a lot more and not be continuously told what to do from dawn to dusk. In the navy we practiced and practiced almost exclusively for a war we never got to fight and occupied our time with bull to keep everyone busy. In the police we fought the war 24/7, 365 days a year.

I'll let you know if I hear more.
 
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EarlyChop

War Hero
That's good to know. I passed for Met in 2005 but didn't join in the end because my partner also passed and we didn't want to train at the same time. I then passed again for Norfolk in 2010. I passed the fitness/interview and exam only to be told months later that I'd been kicked out for having 9 days sick in the last 3 years. Talk about a shitty way to kick all the extra white middle-class male entrants out.

Still, might come in handy if something goes wrong for me in the navy.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Most Forces seem to have stopped recruitment or severly curtailed it, I would be suprised if the Met is recruiting on this scale.

Early Chop do you think that they would look at you again?
 

Rocket_Ron

Lantern Swinger
I'm ex-Met myself and have a friend from Dartmouth who's currently a training instructor and we've both heard the same thing. The emphasis will be first of all be on Special Constables and PCSOs (the police equivalent of Laurel and Hardy) given a shine up and made regulars but they might also recruit direct and ex-servicemen always get first pick especially if they've served in RN police or any sort of enforcement role within the service.

Job's pretty good, intial pay is equivalent to a Sub Lt and you get overtime and allowances including heavily subsidised travel via bus, tube and train. Hendon is no problem if you've been to Dartmouth and if you've been to Raleigh it's a lot more academic (equivalent to a degree in 18 weeks) but still perfectly doable. One thing I would say is that there's a lot more emphasis on individual work and self-discipline, you're allowed to get on with your own thing a lot more and not be continuously told what to do from dawn to dusk. In the navy we practiced and practiced almost exclusively for a war we never got to fight and occupied our time with bull to keep everyone busy. In the police we fought the war 24/7, 365 days a year.

I'll let you know if I hear more.

Fixed that for you.
 

flymo

War Hero
I hope these 18 week courses now teach policemen to tell the truth so when they next have a childish paddy they don't make up stories about MPs; you can throw in made up stories about football fans to cover up incompetence into that as well.

Allegedly.
 

Stirling

Banned
I hope these 18 week courses now teach policemen to tell the truth so when they next have a childish paddy they don't make up stories about MPs; you can throw in made up stories about football fans to cover up incompetence into that as well.

Allegedly.

.....and remarkably similar statements about Orgreave from forces across the country during miners strike.
 

jaggers

Lantern Swinger
That's good to know. I passed for Met in 2005 but didn't join in the end because my partner also passed and we didn't want to train at the same time. I then passed again for Norfolk in 2010. I passed the fitness/interview and exam only to be told months later that I'd been kicked out for having 9 days sick in the last 3 years. Talk about a shitty way to kick all the extra white middle-class male entrants out.

Still, might come in handy if something goes wrong for me in the navy.

First time I applied they turn me down because I mentioned an old rugby injury, second time I didn't mention it and they let me in no problem. Frankly the police is no more competent than the navy is
 

jaggers

Lantern Swinger
Most Forces seem to have stopped recruitment or severly curtailed it, I would be suprised if the Met is recruiting on this scale.

Early Chop do you think that they would look at you again?

It's a political thing (isn't everything?), Boris is under pressure to keep frontline numbers up so he normally finds money from somewhere. A lot of guys joined in the early 80s when Maggie gave everyone a huge payrise and they're now coming to the end of their 30 years. The met would rather force them to retire and recruit new guys because the guys with 30 years in are now earning top rate pay whilst the new guys would only get their starting salary so it would actually save money.
 

jaggers

Lantern Swinger
Fixed that for you.

We'll have none of that here, I was RNR and RN and I was a special constable too. :evil4: And let's face it the RNR is the way of the future. I used to work on a Safer Transport Team and my PCSOs were great, standing on crime scenes, finding so many knives we started referring to the cutlery fairy (and on one occasion a pump action shotgun), constantly identifying street robbers they'd dealt with for the Borough Intelligence Unit when their CCTV photos appeared on the morning briefings
 
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