Met's Recruitment Drive comes to Wandsworth

The Met Police is selling the promise of an exciting new career with a recruitment drive aimed at ethnic minorities in Wandsworth Borough this Saturday (April 12th).

The Met's Positive Action Central Team will be offering the opportunity for some applicants to take the Police Initial Recruitment Test and undertake an interview on the day. Teams of Recruitment Officers will be standing by to sift and interview candidates.

Also at the venue will be police dogs, traffic officers, Territorial Support Group, the Black Police Association and the Muslim Association who will be offering support and advice to visitors.

Inspector Mark Weaver, who heads up the Positive Action Central Team said: "Wandsworth is a diverse borough and it is exactly the right place to find new recruits. Only by making the police service more representative of the various cultures in London, are we going to reduce the fears and uncertainties various cultures have in relation to the Metropolitan Police."

Positive Action was created in 1995 to promote a career within the police to London's under-represented communities. It's work is to build a workforce for everyone, involving everyone. Part of the challenge is to create a progressive, inclusive culture - which reflects London's diverse community.

The Met currently has 1538 ethnic minority police officers, which represents 5.45 per cent of the total.

PC Denis Nolan, a Positive Action Officer, said: "The team hopes to get a lot of interest from the local ethnic community. We offer a comprehensive mentoring system to all ethnic minority recruits and we are keen to assist and support wherever we can."

For Met career information contact the Positive Action Central Team direct on 0207 230 0554. Alternatively, visit our website at or visit our career's office at New Scotland Yard, Victoria Street, SW1, 10.00 - 16.00 weekdays (until 18.00 Thursdays). Focus sessions for ethnic minority applicants are held twice a week.

April 8, 2003

Met aim to make London the world's safest major city