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Assistant Commissioner and Mayor congratulate new Met recruits

Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, joined hundreds of new recruits and their proud families at Hendon in order to celebrate their achievements at an eagerly anticipated passing out parade on Friday, 12 November.

The Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations and the Mayor watched 318 recruits parade in front of relatives and friends. In addition, 39 detective constables passed out today, making 357 in total – all of whom have now been with the organisation around 18 months.

It is an event that they have been looking forward to being able to participate in for a long time, as their original passing out date had to be rescheduled due to the risk of Covid.

Those gathered at Hendon were serenaded by the British Army Band Tidworth and awards were handed out at a ceremony after the parade to exceptional individuals - witnessed by two personal guests chosen by each recruit.

Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes, said: "Today is a momentous occasion for the new recruits and the Met, as they embark on what is set to be a varied, challenging and hugely rewarding career.

“In the years ahead of them, these new officers will save lives, protect the most vulnerable in society and transform communities and policing for the better.

“I’m delighted to see more officers from under-represented groups joining us – they are making the Met stronger, more representative of the communities it serves and better able to keep everyone in London safe.

“Having myself been a police officer for 26 years, I wholeheartedly recommend ‘the job’ and urge others to consider a career in policing.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It is always a pleasure to come to Hendon and meet new recruits to the Metropolitan Police, together with their families as they take part in their passing out day. I congratulate all of these officers on their achievement and thank them for serving our city.

“I am working closely with the Met to ensure that the force is more reflective of the city it serves. So I am particularly pleased to see new women recruits here today, together with those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Through creating a diverse force we will be able to improve trust and confidence in the force.

“The new officers that I have met today are already out on the streets of London, working hard to keep all of our communities safe. I am providing record investment to ensure there are 1,300 more police officers on our streets to suppress violence in local areas – and I will always continue to do everything I can to keep Londoners safe.”

The Met aspires to be a police force that is truly representative of the communities it serves, and the Commissioner has previously announced her ambition that from April 2022, 50 per cent of new police recruits are women, and 40 per cent from under-represented groups.

There has already been good progress made towards this first goal. The majority of new recruits acquired through the direct entry detective scheme are female - 52 per cent last year and 61.2 per cent this year - and 42.2 per cent of all new police constables and detectives this year so far are female.

With every woman that joins us, the Met grows stronger, better and more representative of the communities it serves. As many people have personal commitments to juggle with work, the organisation is proud to offer part-time and flexible working in some roles.

In terms of the second goal, the Met employs half of all the Black, Asian and multiple ethnic heritage police officers in England and Wales, over 5,000 officers, of whom around 1,000 officers are Black.

Over the last two years, the Met has recruited over 1,000 officers from under-represented groups, with 450 in the last financial year alone. A fifth (20.2 per cent) of our new trainee PCs and DCs in the financial year 2020/21 were from under-represented groups.

The Met is constantly striving across multiple fronts to take steps that will help achieve the recruitment aspirations that have been voiced by the Commissioner.

One example is the Outreach Recruitment Programme that covers all boroughs in the capital, reaching out to under-represented communities to forge relationships and offer information and support in order to encourage more Londoners to consider joining the Met.

Earlier this year, in the summer, a new recruitment advertising campaign, ‘Now more than Ever’ was also launched. At the heart of this ongoing campaign are the stories of real life role model ambassadors from under-represented groups who are already thriving in the Met, as well as an honest recognition of the potential obstacles prospective candidates can encounter.

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