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Eligibility Criteria

Vetting and why we need it

The police service is committed to maintaining the highest levels of honesty and integrity and to preventing corrupt, dishonest, unethical or unprofessional behaviour. Vetting helps support this, reducing the risks of unauthorised disclosure or loss of sensitive police information.

Public confidence in the police is crucial, particularly as we "police by consent." Public confidence in policing depends on officers, staff, Specials and volunteers demonstrating the highest standards of personal and professional behaviour.

The public must have confidence that police vetting processes are effective in identifying those who might pose a risk to the community. The police service must also be alive to the threat from organised crime groups and others who might try to gain access to police systems and intelligence.

Vetting helps identify people who are unsuitable to work in the police service. This includes those who are unsuitable through criminal activity or association, those who have a clear lack of honesty and those who are financially vulnerable.

Vetting helps us to maintain a healthy organisation.

Please note the following is provided as guidance and any successful application is assessed on a case by case basis and is subject to an individual successfully passing vetting.

The Chief Constable reserves the right to reject any application.

Rejection Offences

Applicants with the following will not be considered for selection:

  • Convictions*
  • Any sexual offence
  • Any violent offence
  • Involvement in class A drugs
  • Involvement in more than one Class B drug
  • Cautions within the last five years
  • Formal and final warnings within the last five years
  • More than three fixed penalty notices within last five years
  • Motoring offences in the last five years
  • One drink/drugs driving within last ten years
  • Dangerous driving within the last ten years
  • Where an individual has failed to declare a conviction, caution or outstanding charges the application will be rejected on integrity grounds.

*Please note that candidate's with one minor conviction of an historic nature (whereby a considerable period of time has passed) may be considered. This will be on a case by case basis and the Chief Constable reserves the right to reject any application. For more information please email the Specials recruitment officer. specials.recruitment@wiltspolice.recruit-specials.co.uk

Employment Exclusions

Applicants who are employed in the following roles will not be eligible for selection:

  • Armed Forces Personnel
  • Traffic Wardens, civil enforcement officers and school crossing patrols
  • Neighbourhood and Street Wardens
  • Highways Agency Traffic Officers employed in an ‘on-road’ capacity
  • PCSOs
  • Members of private constabularies
  • Ministry of Justice employees (Magistrates, Judges, Clerks, CPS)
  • Immigration Officers

*Applicants in these roles may be eligible at the discretion of the Special Recruitment Manager or Chief Officer and will require written support from their respective employers, Chief Officer, Governor or local NHS Trust. Applicants may also be required to produce a copy of their job description for consideration by the recruitment manager:

  • Armed Forces Reserves*
  • Fire Service*
  • Medical or Health Professionals*
  • Serious Organised Crime Agency Staff (SOCA)*
  • Security Personnel (including door supervisors)*
  • Prison Officers*
  • Probation officers, youth and social workers*
  • Holders and their partners of premises licences and designated premises supervisors, licensees of betting/gaming premises*

Residency

All applicants must have been resident in the UK for the last three years without break to meet the residency criteria.

If your residency abroad involved work with The British Armed Forces or on UK Government Service then you would still be considered to have been resident in the UK.

Financial

Applicants will not be considered if they have an existing:-

  • County Court Judgement (CCJ)
  • Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA)

Or have been declared bankrupt in the last three years.

Special Inspector Guy Sanders

Would you like to find out more?

If you've got a question, have a look at Frequently Asked Questions
or email the team at specials.recruitment@wiltspolice.recruit-specials.co.uk

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