/ Force Vetting Unit

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is committed to improving public confidence. To achieve this it is essential that we maintain the highest levels of honesty and integrity and take steps towards the prevention, disruption, and deterrence of dishonest, unethical and unprofessional behaviour.

The public is entitled to expect that GMP recruits police officers and staff with proven integrity, who are not vulnerable to pressure from criminals or others to disclose information and who are unlikely to bring embarrassment or discredit upon GMP. In addition, there is also expectation that suitable checks are applied to all persons wishing to have access to GMP premises or assets who are not employed by the force. 

In order to maintain high professional standards GMP has a comprehensive vetting policy that applies to all police officers, police staff, non police personnel, volunteers and members of the Special Constabulary.

Vetting helps to:

  • Provide a safe working environment for our people
  • Protect the community
  • Protect our information
  • Safeguard national security
  • Play a fundamental part in the achievement of an ethical, honest and corrupt free police service.

Authentication Process:

Vetting is just one part of the application process.  To join GMP as an employee we must also be assured of your identity and right to work. This is the authentication process completed by the recruitment unit:

You must be able to satisfy the following:

  • Identity
  • Nationality
  • Employment eligibility (right to work in the UK)
  • Residency qualification

The residency qualification means that you must have a 3 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years. If we cannot check, then we cannot vet. There are two examples of when we can waive this rule:

  • Where the person has been employed abroad by the British Forces
  • Where the person has been employed abroad on official duty of Her Majesty’s Government.

Vetting Types:

The different levels of vetting depend upon your job role and what kind of access you are likely to have to our assets, which consist of:

  • Buildings
  • People
  • Information
  • IT systems

Recruitment Vetting (RV) - applies to all Police Officers, Police Staff, Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) and Special Constables. This is the minimum requirement at the start of your career and is renewable every 10 years.

Management Vetting (MV) – applies to GMP staff only and is a more intrusive process required for access to sensitive police information, intelligence, financial or other operational assets.

Non Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV) - applies to Contractors, there are three different levels of vetting dependent upon the job role and how much access to our assets you are likely to have.

Information requested for vetting purposes:

When completing your vetting forms absolute honesty is required and deceit at any stage of the process may have an adverse impact on your application. Do not attempt to hide or withhold any information. Concealing the truth or deliberately withholding information is a very serious matter and people are rejected at the vetting stage for this reason. If in any doubt, DECLARE the incident and do not be persuaded by any other party to do otherwise.

All convictions (including spent convictions) must be included on any application under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1974

You will be required to declare:

  • Your previous names and any alias names that you have used
  • Your address history for the last 5 years
  • Your partner and their address history for the last 5 years
  • Your parents and your partner’s parents
  • Your full, half & step siblings
  • Your children
  • All co-residents at your current address (lodgers, other family etc)
  • If you have ever been involved in a police investigation, arrested or have cautions or convictions
  • If you have any criminal associates and if so, their details
  • Your financial position

If there is a reason that the Vetting Unit need to explore further, then you may be invited to a vetting interview.  The purpose of the interview is for you to give a confidential, detailed explanation of any information included on the form or revealed during the vetting process to allow the Vetting Officer to make a full and informed decision.

Family associates with a criminal history:

Some of your declared family members may have links to criminality. If this is the case, the Vetting Officer will conduct a risk assessment to quantify:

  • Your current relationship with them.
  • The nature and seriousness of the criminal behaviour.
  • The risk or influence they may pose to you.
  • Any potential security or reputational risk for GMP. 

The main reasons why people fail the vetting process:

  • Non declaration of cautions or convictions – lying or concealing the truth or deliberately withholding information.
  • If you have a Caution or Conviction in the last 5 years. This will include a Penalty Notice for Disorder, a Reprimand, a Warning or a Final Warning. This rule will apply unless you are able to give evidence of any exceptionally compelling circumstances.
  • Finances - If you have a County Court Judgment, an Individual Voluntary Arrangement, are currently declared Bankrupt or you are subject to a Debt Relief Order you will be excluded from applying to GMP.

Having a historic caution or conviction (particularly if you were a Juvenile at the time), may not necessarily bar you from appointment. Each vetting case will be examined upon its own merits. Points to be considered would generally include your age at the time of the offence, any other offending and the length of time passed since the offence was committed.

Criminal convictions and Cautions:

Your application will be rejected if you have ever been convicted for any of the following offences, at any age:

  • Treason
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Kidnap
  • Incest
  • Buggery
  • Hostage taking
  • Firearms offences
  • Racially motivated / homophobic offences
  • Domestic violence offences
  • Death by reckless driving, or if you have ever been sentenced to imprisonment for more than 10 years.

Your application will be rejected (unless there are exceptionally compelling circumstances). If you have committed:

  • A violence related offence (Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) or Actual Bodily Harm (ABH)
  • Possession of firearms or offensive weapons
  • Going equipped to steal
  • An offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 – being sentenced up to 10 years imprisonment
  • A sexual offence with a child under 18
  • Gross indecency or acts in which indecency was involved.
  • Abuse or neglect of children
  • A public order offence
  • A dishonesty related offence – theft, fraud, deception, burglary
  • Interference of the Administration of Justice
  • Involvement in Class A drugs, or more than one occasion of Class B drugs
  • Supplying drugs of any kind
  • Reckless or dangerous driving in the last 10 years
  • An offence of drink driving or drug driving in the last 10 years
  • More than one time of drink / drug driving or being drunk in charge of a vehicle

You will be rejected if you have been cautioned or convicted of any recordable offence within the last five years. This includes penalty notices for disorder and the following driving offences:

  • Driving with no insurance
  • Failing to stop after an accident
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Receiving more than three endorsable traffic convictions, including fixed penalty notices (speeding, contravening a red traffic light etc)
  • 2 or more regulatory offences (no vehicle excise licence etc)

Any person who has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment (custodial, suspended or deferred) will be rejected.

If you require any further information please contact the Greater Manchester Force Vetting Unit on 0161 856 0356.

/ Related