All new constables in the Metropolitan police must be able to speak a second language apart from English from today.
The astonishing requirement emerged in an advert for fresh recruits posted online by the country’s biggest force.
From today, anyone wanting to join the Met must be able to speak English and one of a list of14 languages that includes Nigerian, Arabic, Bengali and Punjabi.
In a press release, the Met said the requirement is a one-month ‘pilot’ scheme designed to “bring officers into the Met with more of the skills necessary to help police and engage with London’s diverse communities as effectively as possible.”
However, the Met does not specify that the new qualification is temporary on its website.
In fact, the Careers page makes it clear that anyone who does not speak one of the specified languages is “unable to submit an application”.
The only reference to a ‘one-month trial’ was made in a quietly-issued press release at 1am today.
Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe said: “I am committed to providing a police service which looks and feels more like London.
“ Illegal immigration is a threat to Hungary and all of Europe, with the biggest risk coming from hundreds of millions of people from the “depths of Africa” looking to escape poverty, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Saturday.
Speaking at a cultural festival in Baile Tusnad, Romania, Orban accused the European Union of failing to defend its citizens from the “masses of illegal immigrants,” who he said threatened the cultural identity of European countries and contributed to increased terrorism, unemployment and criminality.
“For us, today Europe is at stake,” Orban said. “The survival, disappearance or, more precisely, the transformation beyond recognition of the European citizen’s lifestyle, European values and the European nations.”
“The question now is not only what kind of Europe we Hungarians would like to live in,” Orban said. “Rather, will all that we now call Europe exist at all?”
“We would like for Europe to keep belonging to the Europeans,” Orban said. “We want to preserve the Hungarian Hungary.”
“The really serious threats are arriving not from the war zones … but from the depths of Africa,” Orban said. “Northern Africa today can no longer defend Europe from the immense masses of people.”
This time, Orban lashed out mainly against the EU leadership in Brussels and left-wing ideology, accusing them of willfully supporting immigration to weaken Europe’s nations and their unique cultures.
“The European left sees the problem of immigration not as a source of danger but as an opportunity,” Orban said. “They believe … that the escalation of immigration can extremely weaken or even eliminate the national structures.”
Blunders by successive governments have led to ordinary people struggling to afford houses in Auckland, an economist says.
Governments have made it really hard to develop new urban land to build new houses and at the same time have brought in tens of thousands of new immigrants each year, former Reserve Bank economist Michael Reddell says.
He says Reserve Bank modelling shows a 1% boost in population will lead to a 10% increase in house prices and history shows that when unexpected population increases happen it has a big impact on house prices.
“Immigration in conjunction with supply restrictions is a big factor,” Mr Reddell says.
“I’m slowly coming to the view that we should be considering restrictions on foreign ownership…it’s not as if there are any obvious gains for New Zealand as a whole for allowing off-shore purchases, particularly if the houses are being left empty.”
NZ Police continue to focus on increasing organisational diversity through partnership with Te Wananga o Aotearoa”
The Commissioner of Police, Mike Bush and Te Wananga O Aotearoa CEO, Jim Mather are this afternoon signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further consolidate a relationship which began in 2007.
The partnership was finalised in 2010 with the signing of the first MoU and the delivery of a Police pre-recruit program for Māori, Pacific and Ethnic applicants.
Commissioner Bush says the resigning of the MoU today is a reflection of our on-going relationship and joint efforts around recruitment to increase the diversity within NZ Police.
“As New Zealand grows into an exciting and vibrant place to live with an ever changing population, there is a responsibility which falls on police to encourage and grow the cultural competencies in our staff and throughout the ranks.
“This is one of the major reasons why Valuing Diversity is now one of the core values of the New Zealand Police.
There are currently over 100 ethnic groups and Iwi represented among Police frontline staff. Over the past decade (from 2004 – 2014) there have been increases across the following groups: Women have increased by 44%, Maori have increased by 20%, Pasifika by 57% and Asian by 289%.
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