Female police recruits who fail MPS vetting

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4158
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What proportion of female recruits who apply to the Metropolitan Police Service are rejected as a result of the vetting process? Please present this answer in a table for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 including a comparison with a) the proportion of male recruits and b) police officer recruits as a whole?

Answer

Answer for Female police recruits who fail MPS vetting

Answer for Female police recruits who fail MPS vetting

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Table 1 presents the representation of females amongst individuals refused vetting clearance during the police recruitment process.

Table 1 vetting refusals during police recruitment (2011-2015)

Gender

Calendar year of vetting refusal

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Grand total

Female

0

7

19

90

29

145

Male

11

26

68

191

114

410

Female

0%

21%

21%

30%

19%

25%

Male

100%

79%

75%

64%

75%

70%

Total

11

33

91

297

153

585

Table 2 presents the female representation amongst recruits

Table 2 gender of police recruits (2011-2015)

Gender

Calendar year of joining

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Grand total

Female

137

352

375

844

655

2,365

Male

353

826

776

2,047

1,474

5,476

Female

28%

30%

33%

29%

31%

30%

Male

72%

70%

67%

71%

69%

70%

Grand Total

490

1,178

1,151

2,891

2,129

7,839

Table 1 shows during the reporting period female applicants have accounted for around 25 percent of those who had been refused vetting, compared to around 30 percent female recruits who had been recruited (see Table 2).