Criminal records

Plenary on 2014-12-09
Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner


In what circumstances do you consider a criminal record should not be a bar to joining the police service; and in particular, would you consider or rule out an application from someone with a conviction or caution for drugs, violence or acquisitive crime offences?


Answer for Criminal records

Answer for Criminal records

Answered By: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

The MPS are understandably very careful about who they recruit and operate a rigorous vetting procedure.

Offences that are minor and historic in nature should not necessarily prohibit an individual from becoming an officer. A balanced and nuanced approach is necessary and difficult cases are increasingly being subject to individual consideration.