Po­lice seek new re­cruits

The Jewish Chronicle - - HOME NEWS - BY LEON SY­MONS

PO­LICE IN the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hack­ney are launch­ing a re­cruit­ing drive to try to at­tract more Jews into the lo­cal po­lice ranks.

They are hop­ing that a spe­cial re­cruit­ment event, to be held on Fe­bru­ary 2, will en­cour­age mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity to join.

Mark Simkins, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and me­dia of­fi­cer for Safer Neigh­bour­hoods Hack­ney Bor­ough, told the JC: “Cur­rently, I can­not think of a sin­gle po­lice of­fi­cer or mem­ber of the civil­ian staff work­ing in the bor­ough who is Jewish. We have Mus­lims, Turks and even Rasta­far­i­ans among us, but no Jews, and that is a sit­u­a­tion we want to change.

“There is a con­sid­er­able Jewish pop­u­la­tion in Hack­ney. While the Metropoli­tan Po­lice is keen to re­cruit from all eth­nic back­grounds, [in Hack­ney] it would be of great ben­e­fit to have some Jewish rep­re­sen­ta­tion.”

Mr Simkins said that as well as look­ing for po­lice of­fi­cers, it was hoped to at­tract peo­ple who would like to serve as po­lice com­mu­nity sup­port of­fi­cers (PCSOs), spe­cial con­sta­bles and vol­un­teers.

A Met Po­lice re­cruit­ment bus will be po­si­tioned out­side Hack­ney Town Hall in Mare Street be­tween 10am and 3pm on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 2, with in­for­ma­tion about all the jobs avail­able.

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