In what is believed to be a UK policing first, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has announced that new police constable recruits will now be able to join the service in a part-time role.
From November, new recruits will be able to complete their police training part-time and hit the streets of London in a part-time role.
The Met believes it is the first police service in the UK to make this offer and hopes it will make the role more attractive to those who may consider a career in policing but feel unable to because of family or other commitments.
Research conducted by the Met has also shown working hours is one reason people feel a police constable role is not for them – this feedback was particularly high from women.
The new scheme was born out of the Met’s celebrations to recognise the contribution of women to the service over the last 100 years.
However, the opportunity is open to both men and women and it is hoped it will help achieve the Commissioner’s long-term ambition of a Metropolitan Police Service in which men and women are equally represented.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said:
“The case for doing this was clear – we know that one of the obstacles stopping some people from fulfilling their dream of becoming a police officer has been the lack of flexibility in how they have to train and balance their family life.
“We will continue to break down barriers where we know they exist, as we strive to open up a career in policing with the Met to even more people.
“Policing really is a fantastic and rewarding career so if you want to join us – sign up now.”
Until now, all new police constable recruits were expected to complete their training and then their probationary training period on a full-time basis before they were able to apply for part-time working.
Now new recruits will be able to opt into alternative working patterns from the point of application.
Commander Catherine Roper, Professionalism, said:
“I am thrilled that the Met is now able to offer this opportunity.
Many people wish to join our incredible organisation but have other responsibilities that make a full-time commitment extremely difficult.
“We hope that offering the opportunity to both train and work on a part-time basis may help more people choose policing as a career.”
The first intake of constables will begin training in November and these officers will be posted to one of the Met’s 12 Command Units across London.
Part-time working includes weekend, bank holidays and all shift patterns.
The Met has said that it will carefully match working hours to demand so there will be no impact on the ability to respond to the many demands in London.
Applicants will select from a range of employment types on their application form (full-time, part-time 24hrs or part-time 16hrs). Candidates are also able to self-select their training preferences at the point of offer of employment.
Upon attesting at Hendon, all officers attend a Certificate of Knowledge in Policing course for eight weeks. Part-time officers will have the option to complete this course on a part-time basis.
Students will then have the option to complete their foundation training full-time, full-time with a four-week break clause at week five, or via a bespoke part-time training offer.
The bespoke part-time offer will see students forming a part-time cohort twice a year, attending a four-day foundation course over a 17-week period that will be delivered between 0900-1700hrs.
New joiners will then land at their posting on their full-time, part-time 24hr or part-time 16hr shift patterns.
The working patterns available are:
- Full time (working 40 hours per week and earning a base salary of £30,372)
- Part-time officers working an average of 24 hours per week or 240 hours over the 10-week cycle (earning a base salary of £18,223)
- Part-time officer working an average of 16 hours per week or 160 hours over the 10-week cycle (earning a base salary of £13,149).
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