All information you provide as part of this process remains strictly confidential.
Vetting is the process by where you disclose any information that may affect your suitability to become a police officer. The information you provide will need to be complete and accurate, it will then be reviewed by the force you are applying to. Failure to disclose something during this process may result in a vetting failure, on the grounds of honesty and integrity.
Vetting exists to make sure that those joining and choosing a career as a police officer understand the values and public expectations of policing. It is to ensure that your integrity as a serving police officer is not called into question. Vetting will also be reviewed at regular points in your career.
Our recruitment officers are here to support you through the vetting process and answer any questions. They may ask you to clarify information you have provided or request additional information.
If there are any changes in your circumstances related to information provided as part of the vetting process, we recommend that you contact the force and your recruitment officer as soon as possible.
No matter when, or how significant, your interaction with the police was, we ask that you be open and honest and declare any investigations, cautions, or convictions. Misleading, incomplete or inaccurate information could result in you not being able to join the programme.
Here are some examples of common scenarios that need declaration:
If in doubt, disclose.
If you are not sure how much detail to provide, then more is always preferable. Common mistakes include not providing enough detail or failing to declare something. This can cause delays and prevent you from joining the programme in time.
If you have any doubts about the relevance of a conviction or caution, we recommend that you include the details anyway.
You will either be sent your vetting form by your allocated force or given access to your vetting form via your onboarding platform. This process won’t start until you’ve accepted a conditional offer with Police Now for one of our programmes. You should complete your vetting form at the earliest opportunity, as vetting can take up 90 days to be processed.
To prepare, you should start gathering information in advance so, you can complete the vetting form as soon as you receive it, including:
National Detective Programme, Counter Terrorism
Vetting is the process where you disclose any information that may affect your suitability to become a police officer. It is important to give full and accurate information.
Firstly, you will undergo Recruitment Vetting (RV) and Counter Terrorism Checks (CTC). These are required to start the programme. Once you have started at the Police Now Academy you will begin your advanced vetting, known as Developed Vetting (or DV), which is the highest level of government security clearance. Additionally, in your role you will have access to the most sensitive intelligence which must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances, dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access.
Before you start your first day at the academy you will need to complete the vetting checks required to join the programme (Recruitment Vetting, or RV, and Counter Terrorism Checks, or CTC). Once you have joined you will begin completion of the advanced vetting (Developed Vetting, or DV).
During advanced vetting checks, you’ll be asked about your family, partner, lifestyle, and finances. You’ll have a confidential interview with a vetting officer who will ask questions about all areas of your life. This will include some uncomfortable and intrusive questions about your sexual history, drug and alcohol use and watching pornography.
Your vetting officer is a professional and will not discuss your interview with anyone else. They are not there to make moral judgements of you and there are no right or wrong answers. You can ask at any time why you are being asked a question. If you would prefer an interviewer of the same ethnic background, religion or gender you can ask the vetting team to arrange this.
Additionally, in your role you will have access to the most sensitive intelligence which must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances, dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access.
We will be there to provide information and guidance to support you through the vetting process.
We expect the vast majority of those who have passed the first stage of vetting will pass the additional checks too. If you don’t pass the vetting requirements to be eligible to work in Counter Terrorism you will remain on the National Detective Programme but continue your second year on the programme working on serious crime without a counter-terrorism element.
You must declare all convictions for past offences, formal cautions (including as a juvenile) and any bind-over imposed by the courts. Some applicants do not declare information that they believe is no longer held on record. Others do not declare information because they believe it is no longer relevant. However, vetting enquiries will reveal incidents from long ago and failure to disclose these will lead to your application being rejected.
If you have a criminal record, this doesn’t mean you won’t be considered.
These are the factors that will be taken into account:
Your application will automatically be rejected if you have been cautioned, or convicted, for serious offences which include:
Your application may still be considered if you have been convicted for a minor motoring offence, unless there is a clear pattern of repeat behaviour. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Your application will automatically be rejected for the following motoring offences:
Your application will automatically be postponed if you have any outstanding charges or court summons which can result in a conviction. Your application will only be considered once the outcome of the case is known.
You must declare all cautions, convictions and investigations linked to your friends and family. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and does not necessarily hinder your application.
The following factors will be considered:
Here is a checklist of some of the things that you will need to remember when completing your vetting application – not all will apply to you.
To avoid delays, check your inbox and junk folder regularly to ensure you are not missing any communications related to your vetting application.
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