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First-Aid Knowledge

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 15 June 1922

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asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of recent criticism of the Metropolitan Police Force, he will state what first-aid knowledge is required by a candidate who wants to become a London constable; whether all men are required to pass an examination in first-aid; and whether constables on duty in London streets are competent to render all necessary first-aid in ordinary accidents and illnesses that happen in London?

Every man, during his training as a recruit for the Metropolitan Police, receives thorough instruction in first-aid from a properly qualified surgeon. The possession of a certificate of proficiency is a necessary qualification for promotion, and I am informed that over 75 per cent. of the force hold such certificates from the St. John Ambulance Association, or from the London County Council.