TheMetropolitan Police has succeeded in doubling the number of recruits it putsthrough its training college at Hendon since last year as it starts to tackleits recruitment crisis. It hasstarted a fundamental review of civilian staff pay and conditions because itcannot get new recruits. About 200 trainee officers are now joining the Hendoncourse every five weeks. It followsthe launch of a recruitment task force in the autumn aimed at recruiting 2,000extra officers over the next three years. The campaign is targeted at minoritygroups and new graduates. It alsomarks the relaxation of eligibility rules so that people who have committedminor offences are still eligible. A spokesmansaid, “We are still in crisis with police recruitment because it takes time toget people through the system. “But atpresent we are cautiously optimistic. We are now seeing more people joiningthan leaving.”The taskforce, made up of personnel experts and officers, has slashed applicationprocessing time from nine to less than four months from receipt to start oftraining but the shortage of civilian workers has forced them to switch 200officers to civilian tasks. Met puts more bobbies on the beat – at lastOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.