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Police: Vetting

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether people applying to become (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers and (c) police civilian staff are required to have a Criminal Records Bureau check. (266171)

[holding answer 25 March 2009]: Before a person can be recruited into a police force, thorough checks are made to ascertain if anything is known to the detriment of the applicant, spouse, partner, close relatives or other associates which could heighten vulnerability or cause embarrassment to the police service.

Checks are conducted through the Police national computer, criminal history system, criminal information system, counter terrorism databases and local intelligence as well as military and police professional standards databases where necessary. There is no national requirement for Criminal Records Bureau checks. I am confident that the current comprehensive vetting requirements are sufficient to ensure that only suitable applicants are appointed.