Women and ethnic minority candidates set to get extra financial support to join the Met Police

The force will foot the £1,000 cost of their pre-training course while white men will be given just half.

The Met has earmarked £1.2million to fund the mandatory Certificate of Knowledge in Policing course which covers basic policing and legal knowledge.

The funding, which is not means-tested, is aimed at filling an extra 3,000 posts by April.

It follows a vow by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to bring the Met’s numbers up to more than 30,000 amid an explosion in crime.

Tola Munro, president of the National Black Police Association, said of the funding: “It is in line with the Equality Act, if you can prove a group is under-represented.”

But former Met trainer Graham Wettone told the Police Oracle website: “It’s misguided and divisive. The Met should give the money to everybody — it shouldn’t be a select group.”

Ex-Met detective chief inspector Mick Neville added: “It really concerns me that while crime is increasing and detection levels falling senior officers continue to indulge in politically correct schemes.”

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