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Following the success of last year’s event, the Met’s combined firearm’s commands will be staging an Expo at the US Embassy on the following dates for experienced police officers:
Tuesday 25th June, 10am > Female focused event, there will be female representatives from the commands presenting at this session, all still welcome
Tuesday 25th June, 2pm > Open to all serving Police Officers
Wednesday 26th June,10am > BAME focused event, but all welcome
Wednesday 26th June, 2pm > All welcome
Location: United States Embassy, 33 Nine Elms Lane, SW11 7US
To book your place at the Expo send an email to:
Please indicate which session you would like to attend - you will receive a confirmation email booking you onto one of the sessions.
Please remember to bring along your warrant cards to gain entry.
About the event
Recognising that everyone’s journey into what can be a daunting specialism is unique, the Met’s Firearms Career EXPO sessions will provide you with an opportunity to meet with officers from each of the following commands:
Armed Response Vehicle officers
Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officers
Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Officers
Royalty and Specialist Protection Officers both static and protection
Special Escort Group
Territorial Support Group Taskforce Officers
MO3 Armed Surveillance Officers
By speaking with officers currently performing the roles, you will have the opportunity to hear first-hand what each role and subsequent training will entail.
The event will also include:
Representatives from each of the commands to help guide you through the recruitment and training processes
Opportunity to handle equipment, and listen to mini presentations from each command
Assessment Scenario master class, with explanation of what assessors are looking for (think a slow walk through a scenario with audience participation)
Handcuffing with OST trainers
Job Related Fitness Test advice
Access to Police Firearms Officer Association Charity
PaDP officers patrolling the site will be on hand to answer questions
An ARV with kit and equipment carried
Drones from Protective Security operations
Unmarked armoured cars
Marked Armoured Jankel
An assortment of kit and equipment from each command
Part of last year’s success was 'Andrea', who at the time of attending the EXPO was in the process of transferring into the MPS, this is what she had to say:
"I attended a recruitment event focusing on a career in Firearms for the Metropolitan Police, that was held at the US Embassy in June 2018. I was interested in the different departments that the Met had to offer and the opportunities that they created."
"The Firearms world can sometimes be daunting and difficult to find out about. The EXPO day was expertly delivered to answer all the questions that an attendee might
have; from the roles and responsibilities of being a Firearms Officer, the recruitment process, training, as well as the day to day work involved. All the main Firearms OCU’s in the Met were in attendance."
"On arrival I was made to feel extremely welcome and shown to the lecture theatre for an introduction and presentations from all the Firearms Commands. After which I was invited to look at various stands, ranging from each Firearms Command to Career Development Services, Personal Training Instructors and even could have a go on the judgement range."
"There were officers on hand who do the job day in and day out, and could answer any question I posed. There were weapons to handle, ballistic vests to try on, so I could see and feel the weight I would carry. There was also an opportunity to learn about the fitness test with training advice for the demands of being a Firearms Officer. Outside there were officer safety demonstrations showing the requirements of the role and an opportunity to see the different vehicles used throughout the Firearms Commands. Officers were on hand to explain the recruitment process and the presentations were very informative, showing in detail what is expected during that recruitment process and how to become a Firearms Officer."
"As a result of the EXPO day, I am now an AFO for the Metropolitan Police on RaSP Residential Protection which I’m thoroughly enjoying. There are many more opportunities and career pathways for me to take within the department should I wish to do so."