I'm sure it was only the other day I heard something about most British police not wanting to be armed on a general basis. Instead, it seems that some of them may now be armed with an iPod!
In The Met recruits through podcasts (James Brockett, People Management) the Metropolitan Police will uses downloadable broadcasts to "narrate a day in the life of a police officer, a police community support officer and other selected staff." What is more, "users will also be able to access spoken versions of guidance on the selection process and up-to-the-minute news on vacancies."
I wonder if the Met got the idea via police bloggers who have been offering quite graphic details of police work for some time - see a previous posting on police blogs? They're bound to be a sanitised version of the former, but to be fair it suggests the Met is quite forward thinking with their recruitment methods.
The move to podcasts is only one way in which the Met hopes to reach certain recruitment targets and are going to be made available by the end of this month. Watch this space for developments.