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London police play ‘numbers game’ hiring officers without face-to-face interviews: report

A member of the London Met Police stands guard outside Westminster Abbey. 

London police have hired new officers without face-to-face interviews, raising concerns over the quality of candidates joining the force. 

The use of online assessments has increased as the London Metropolitan Police – known locally as “the Met” – view recruitment as a “numbers game,” a recruitment consultant told The Times U.K. The need to hire “thousands of officers” following austerity cuts has pushed the police to use whatever means necessary to increase officer totals. 

The Conservative Party under Boris Johnson in 2019 promised to recruit 20,000 new police officers

A spokesperson for the Met noted that the force had grown by over 4,000 since 2018, and that the department will “continue to develop our processes to ensure they are both efficient but importantly ensure we recruit the best of the best for London.” 

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“We assess in person applicants who are successful at this stage, evaluating their response in a number of role-play scenarios,” the spokesperson added. “We will be introducing an extra assessment at this stage later this year, in which candidates will also be interviewed in person and assessed against our values of integrity, compassion, courage, professionalism and respect.”

A member of the London Met Police stands guard outside Westminster Abbey. 
(Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images)

The police first abandoned in-person interviews as part of COVID-19 safety protocols during the pandemic, but had brought them back as the United Kingdom got a handle on its public health crisis. 

Current applicants face an application process that relies on multiple-choice questions about scenarios, with the only in-person element currently including role play situations. The officers don’t face a background check until after they undergo health and fitness testing. 

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But the quality of interviews has gained significant scrutiny after a number of scandals hit the Met over the past few years, including the false arrest, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sara Everard in 2021. 

And Police Constable David Carrick, 48, pled guilty to dozens of offenses, including 24 rapes, during his 20 years on the force. The Met’s lead for professionalism, Barbara Gray, called Carrick’s spree “unprecedented,” The Guardian reported. 

Wayne Couzens previously admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard, a marketing executive who went missing on March 3. Couzens entered a guilty plea to murder during a hearing at London’s Central Criminal Court.

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