Those aspiring to join London’s Metropolitan Police must speak Sinhala

Those aspiring to join London’s Metropolitan Police must speak Sinhala

Those aspiring to join London’s Metropolitan Police must speak Sinhala

Written by Staff Writer

23 Jul, 2015 | 12:03 pm

Aspiring police constables must speak a second language to join London’s Metropolitan police under a month-long pilot scheme. Scotland Yard is hoping the new criterion will help police “engage with London’s diverse communities as effectively as possible”.

From Monday, to be considered for one of the sought-after positions with the capital’s police force, applicants must speak one of 14 languages as well as English.

They areArabic, Bengali, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Sinhala (Sri Lanka), Spanish, Turkish or Yoruba (Nigeria).

A recruitment update on the Met’s careers website states: “Whilst our police officers are able to effectively carry out their duties without the ability to speak a second language, a police constable with this skill is an asset in helping both themselves and their colleagues to more effectively engage with the community and deal with everyday policing situations.”

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