The move is designed to help engage with London's diverse communities
BRITAIN’S biggest police force has launched a month-long pilot to recruit new officers who can speak and understand second languages.
A total of 14 languages which have a high prevalence in London’s communities have been chosen for the pilot by the Metropolitan Police Service which starts today Monday (20).
The move is designed to bring officers into the Met Police with more of the skills necessary to help police and engage with London’s diverse communities as effectively as possible.
It follows introduction last year of a London Residency criteria to ensure candidates have a strong link to the capital and an understanding of its diversity and cultures.
Candidates who apply to be police constables will be tested in the second language as part of the rigorous selection process.
The chosen languages are, Yoruba (Nigeria), Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Italian, German, Turkish, Greek, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Sinhala (Sri Lanka) and Bengali.
Met Police commisioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe said: “I am committed to providing a police service which looks and feels more like London.
“We know that almost 300 languages are spoken in the capital. We need to recruit and deploy officers with second languages in areas where those languages are spoken. I believe it will help boost confidence, help to solve crime more effectively and support victims and witnesses.”