The launch will take place at Brick Lane, E1 and will be attended by the
Commissioner of the MPS, Sir Ian Blair, the Met’s Director of Human
Resources, Martin Tiplady and Lee Jasper, the Director of Equalities and
Policing for the Greater London Authority.
Previously the Met’s recruitment activities were restricted to a much
smaller number of locations. The Recruitment Bus gives the Met the
flexibility to visit locations where there are a high proportion of under
represented groups and provides a more informal setting for the visitor.
In the short time it has been up and running the bus has visited more than
60 different events and locations ranging from the opening of Europe’s
largest Hindu Temple to Europride – from London Mela to Notting Hill
Carnival. The Recruitment Bus continues to build on the success of its very
first visit in December 2005 when at Haringey Town Centre over 100 people
registered their interest in careers in the Met – nearly half were from
black or minority ethnic groups. On a recent visit to Barking Town Centre,
over 50 people recorded their interest, two thirds being from a black or
minority ethnic background.
The bus has now been re-wrapped in fluorescent yellow livery in keeping with
the ongoing recruitment drive for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
entitled ‘Make A Visible Difference’. The Met aims to recruit 2,500 new
PCSOs during this financial year to enable the roll out of Safer
Neighbourhoods Teams across the capital in what is now believed to be the
biggest recruitment drive ever undertaken in London’s history!
The Recruitment Bus will be undertaking normal recruitment activity between
the hours of 08:00 and 16:00 on the day of the launch and members of the
public are invited to come along and find our more about the exciting range
of careers available in the MPS. The Met Careers Team will be on hand to
answer any questions.
The Met’s Director of Human Resources, Martin Tiplady said:
“The Recruitment Bus represents our commitment to engaging with hard to
reach communities. Instead of waiting for people to come to us we have
literally gone to them. Being flexible in this way has helped to recruit
more people from under represented groups, which will eventually result in a
workforce that is representative of the people of London.”