London covers 620 square miles and is home to millions of people speaking over 300 different languages. Policing the capital presents an ever-changing challenge for the Metropolitan Police Service when working to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
Forging close relationships, building trust and understanding the issues within London’s different communities all form part of the fundamental platform on which effective, credible policing is built.
As a result, the Metropolitan Police Service must continue to recruit the brightest and the best people from every background and use the full spectrum of their skills, knowledge and experience to make London safer for everybody.
Special Constables are volunteer police officers who play a pivotal role in the service. They work alongside regular officers and bring a range of skills and experiences from outside of policing to help keep communities safe across the capital.
Met Police Volunteers are placed in office-based and non-operational roles to help deliver a better service to the public, while strengthening invaluable links with the community. There are many roles carried out by Met Police Volunteers in London, including supporting officers in Neighbourhood Policing Teams, improving standards of witness care or helping the public at police stations.
For young people, the service has a Police Cadets scheme. The scheme is open to young people aged 10 to 19 from across London’s diverse communities, irrespective of their background and including those vulnerable to crime or social exclusion.
Follow Metropolitan Police Specials on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MPSSpecials