Police seek new recruits
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.