Police recruits with minor convictions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3584
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What steps does the Metropolitan Police Service take to ensure that those who have been convicted of minor criminal convictions at a young age, but have gone on to become law abiding citizens, are not prevented from applying to join the force? How many candidates with minor criminal convictions have joined the force in the last two years?

Answer

Answer for Police recruits with minor convictions

Answer for Police recruits with minor convictions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS follows national policy regarding those with criminal convictions applying to become police officers.

A vetting panel, chaired by the Director of HR and attended by senior officers, meets every six weeks to consider borderline cases and ensure consistency. The panel will consider:

-         The age of the incident;

-         the person's age at the time; and

-         their intervening conduct during the last 25 years

MPS records are unable to determine how many candidates with minor criminal convictions have joined in the last two years.