Security clearance

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/0987
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How many PCSOs currently working in London do not have full security clearance? How many PCSOs have failed their security clearance test in each year since (and including) 2003/04?

Answer

Answer for Security clearance

Answer for Security clearance

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All PCSOs have to clear the initial vetting check before commencing training. Once applicants have passed this check, they begin their introductory training period. The full range of vetting checks continues whilst the PCSOs are in training. During this time, PCSOs are closely supervised and only given restricted access to MPS buildings and information systems. At the conclusion of the introductory period, if the applicant has performed to a satisfactory level and passed all checks, the appointment will be confirmed.There are currently seven PCSOs who have joined boroughs who are awaiting final security clearance. These PCSOS are fully supervised at all times. The outstanding checks continue in order that full clearance can be given in due course should they prove satisfactory. If they fail vetting, they will be removed from the organisation.In 2003/04, 301 PCSO applicants were submitted for full vetting checks, of these 59 failed. In 2004/05, 682 PCSO applicants were submitted for full vetting checks, of these 37 failed. In 2005/06, 1,116 PCSO applicants were submitted for full vetting checks, of these 45 failed.In 2006/07, 3,141 PCSO applicants were submitted for full vetting checks, of these 249 failed.