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Police recruit overhaul due

Police recruit overhaul due

The Policing Minister has predicted there will be a foreign head of the Metropolitan Police in “years rather than decades”, as the Government announces a major shake-up of police recruitment.

Under the reforms, foreign police chiefs could be drafted in to become chief constables and businesspeople could enter the service at officer levels.

The measures also propose speeding up the progression of talented new recruits.

Home Office minister Damian Green today said the plans would “widen the pool of talent” available to police forces.

“I think if five years ago you said ‘can you envisage the Governor of the Bank of England talking to you in a Canadian accent?’, you would have thought that was a bit odd,” he told the Today programme.

“But actually, Mark Carney is, I am told, the best central banker in the world and it’s great that he’s going to apply those talents in this country and the same will be true of senior policemen.”

But police superintendents' representative Derek Barnett attacked the move, saying it wrongly implies there is "a lack of talent within the ranks of the police service".

Shadow Policing Minister David Hanson said he had concerns that fast-tracked recruits might not understand "the complexity of the type of incident that people will face".

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