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New Met Police Recruits Must Speak Second Language In A Pilot Scheme

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe wants to recruit officers who can speak languages used on London’s streets.

Aspiring police constables must speak an additional language to join London’s Metropolitan Police under a month-long pilot scheme starting today.

Scotland Yard is hoping the new criteria will help police “engage with London’s diverse communities as effectively as possible”.

To be considered for one of the sought-after positions with the capital’s police force, applicants must speak one of 14 additional languages.

New recruits must be able to converse in either Yoruba (Nigeria), Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Italian, German, Turkish, Greek, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Sinhala (Sri Lanka) or Bengali, in addition to English.

Read more in The Northern Echo.

Source: www.thenorthernecho.co.uk

London Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder Of Metropolitan Police Constables

Two police officers have been injured after arresting an “extremely violent” man who was throwing large knives at them in a north London street.

The police constables, aged 24 and 26, were called to Kingsdown Road, Islington at just after 6pm last night to reports of a disturbance.

As they arrived on the scene, they were approached by a man who began to throw “a number” of large knives at them as children reportedly played football nearby.

One officer suffered injuries to his face and body, while another sustained a minor head injury.

Despite their wounds, the officers managed to restrain the man before arresting him on suspicion of attempted murder.

Detective Chief Superintendent Catherine Roper said:

“Officers responded to an emergency call and were confronted by an extremely violent male.

This male attempted to seriously assault the officers, including throwing knives at them in the street where other people were present.

These officers displayed immense bravery and professionalism, and were able to detain the male without sustaining serious injury to him, other members of the public or themselves.”

Read more on ITV website.

Source: www.itv.com

The Met’s Assistant Commissioner: Fifty Attacks Stopped Since 7/7

The UK’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer says up to 50 deadly terror attacks have been foiled since the 7 July bombings a decade ago.

On 7 July 2005, 52 people died when four bombs were detonated in London.

The Met’s Assistant Commissioner, Mark Rowley, said the plots had been different, but all could have resulted in fatalities.

He also accused the so-called Islamic State (IS) of trying to create a “wicked” cult.

Mr Rowley said: “Fifty is the order of the number of plots that have been confronted over the past decade.

Read more on BBC News.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police Conduct London’s Largest Ever Terror Attack Training Exercise

London’s police are conducting the capital’s largest ever terror training exercise on Tuesday, preparing for a “marauding attack” less than a week after the massacre in Tunisia.

More than 1,000 police personnel, as well as intelligence officers and other emergency services, are taking part in the exercise – codenamed Strong Tower.

But the Metropolitan police stressed that the training, which will include many armed officers, was not being carried out because of any intelligence about an imminent attack and had been planned since January.

The exercise will involve London’s transport authorities, hospitals and the Ministry of Defence. The cabinet’s Cobra committee will also meet as part of the exercise.

The Met warned training would be “noisy and visible in places” and said it was vital the public was reassured that gunshots and explosions they may hear in the area are not real.

Scotland Yard’s Twitter account @metpoliceuk will be giving updates using the hashtag #999exercise.

Read more in The Guardian.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Met Police Spent £11m Guarding Julian Assange

Julian Assange’s years cooped up inside the Ecuadorian embassy could have cost the country as much as £11m in additional policing costs, it has emerged.

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the controversial figure’s political asylum inside the embassy in Knightsbridge, London.

Scotland Yard has revealed the amount it has cost to constantly station police following a request by ITV News.

Read more on ITV News.

Source: www.itv.com

Met Police Taking More Time Off Work With Stress-Related Illnesses

The number of days taken off work by Met police officers owing to stress-related illness has increased by 43% over the last five years, according to figures released by the London force.

The number of resignations has also increased dramatically from 289 officers in 2009-10 to 506 in 2013-14, although the figures do not record the reasons for quitting.

John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF), which represents rank and file officers, said the figures reflected the “human cost” of government cuts and increased workloads. The data showed “a workforce on their knees whilst upholding the finest traditions of the Metropolitan police and maintaining a professional service to the public”, he said.

Read more in The Guardian.

Source: www.theguardian.com