Should Met recruits work first 200 hours for free?
More than a thousand applicants have been told they have "no realistic prospect" of becoming police officers any time soon despite getting through all the Met's recruitment stages.
Why? Well, simply there are not enough current officers leaving the service.
The Met overestimated the number of vacancies coming up and so the unfortunate would-be recruits have been left to find new careers.
A statement from the Met reads:
"Unfortunately, the lead in time meant that these applications had been received before the downturn in retirements and resignations materialised and before we could turn off the taps."
The 1,200 candidates have been telephoned and sent letters confirming the news.
Meanwhile, there are plans for a major change in how the Met recruits new officers in the future.
I've just read a document that will be presented to the Metropolitan Police Authority this Thursday (June 24, 2010).
Special Constables could soon become the "principal point of recruitment".
Traditionally, you'd go through a 25 weeks of training on full pay. The new criteria will mean you have to be a Special Constable first and then pass law and policing exams.
What's the good news?
This will apparently save around £20,000 per recruit in salaries because the special constable would be doing the job for free.
The Met also thinks there would be less chance of the prospective officer dropping out as they would already have had a real taste of policing the capital.
And the hope is the new model will attract a more diverse recruit - more women and more officers from an ethnic minority - which the Met desperately needs.
Currently, almost a third of the 3,300 specials are black or Asian, and 30 per cent are women.
So what's the bad news? Well, the Police Federation is concerned.
Pete Smyth from the Met's Police Federation branch questioned how many people would want to do 200 hours unpaid as a Special with no guarantee of a job at the end.
He also said there would be issues over diversity because women with children would have to work voluntarily on top of childcare and other paid work.
So what do you think? Is this a good move or not? Is this just a step away from the American model where in some states you have to pay for your training?