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Fedster posted a topic in Police Oracle FeaturesMet PCs will be given option to choose between 40, 24 or 16 hours a week. Pounding to a new beat: Part time policing for Met officers Date - 12th June 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 3 Comments Policing is to sweep aside its “inflexible” image to a work versus family-life balance by allowing part-time constables into its ranks. The Met Police will recruit part-time PCs for the first time as the force tries to "break down barriers" deterring women from joining. From November, all new constable recruits will get the option to choose from full-time, part-time 24-hour or part-time 16-hour working patterns. The Met believes it is the first force in the UK to offer these part-time positions and it follows research that shows full-time working hours deter women from considering a career in policing. It hopes the change will make police work more attractive to both men and women with family commitments. It comes in the same year the Met is celebrating 100 years of women serving in its force. Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "The case for doing this was clear – we know that one of the obstacles stopping people from fulfilling their dreams of becoming a police officer has been the lack of flexibility in how they have to train and balance their family life. "We will continue to break down barriers where we know they exist as we strive to open up a career in policing with the Met to even more people." Commander Catherine Roper, force lead on professionalism, said: "I am thrilled that the Met is now able to offer this opportunity. "Many people wish to join our incredible organisation but have other responsibilities that make a full-time commitment extremely difficult." Previously, all new police constable recruits were expected to complete their training and then their probationary training period on a full-time basis before they were able to apply for part-time working. The first intake of constables to be offered part-time positions will begin training in November. The working patterns available are: Full time (working 40 hours per week and earning a base salary of £30,372) Part-time officers working an average of 24 hours per week or 240 hours over the 10-week cycle (earning a base salary of £18,223) Part-time officer working an average of 16 hours per week or 160 hours over the 10-week cycle (earning a base salary of £13,149). View On Police Oracle