Vetting Application Criteria

The public is entitled to expect that Police forces will recruit people who demonstrate the highest standards of professional conduct, honesty and integrity. All members of the Police service (officers and staff) are in a privileged position with regard to access to information and could be considered potentially vulnerable to corruption.

The below sets out the basic expectation of applicants for the post of Special Constable from a vetting perspective.

If you are in any doubt as the whether to proceed because of concerns or worries in connection with this criteria then you should contact the Vetting Unit Manager for one to one guidance in confidence  on your personal circumstances.

Checkable history

You need to be a British Citizen or a Citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area, or Switzerland.  Commonwealth citizens and foreign nationals who are resident in the UK and free from restrictions are also eligible to apply.

In order to qualify under the checkable history criteria within the vetting requirements, irrespective of which of the above you are, you must have been consistently resident in the UK for the three years immediately prior to the point of vetting.

This does not discount individuals who have spent time overseas on extended holidays and/or for the purposes of study/education and in most cases you can still be vetted where you have not permanently severed your ties with the UK for absences up to 12 months.

If you are unsure of your position, please contact the Force Vetting Unit for one to one advice.

Criminal Convictions

Convictions or cautions and fixed penalty notices (road traffic and recordable offences) will not necessarily preclude you from appointment with South Yorkshire Police. It will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence.

Failure to disclose convictions or cautions will, however, result in your application being terminated.

You must declare all convictions for any past offences, formal cautions by the police (including cautions as a juvenile, i.e. under 18 years) and any bind-overs imposed by any court.  You should include traffic convictions such as speeding, drink-drive offences, fixed penalties for motoring or disorder offences and any appearance before a court martial.

You must declare any charge or summons currently outstanding against you. 

You must include spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (by virtue of the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975) or any involvement with civil, military or transport police.

You must declare if you have ever been involved in any criminal investigation, whether or not this let to prosecution (either of yourself or others) including voluntary interview under caution.

Some applicants do not declare information which they believe is no longer held on record.  However, our enquiries will reveal incidents from long ago and failure to disclose these will lead to your application being rejected if you have deliberately withheld this information.  If you have any doubts, include the details and let us decide if they are relevant.

We will also want to know whether any of your close family or associates are involved in criminal activity and we will therefore search for any criminal convictions or cautions recorded against your family.  You must advise them that these enquiries will be made.  The Police Service cannot disclose the results of these enquiries to you.

Financial Status

You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, have outstanding county court judgements (CCJs) against you, or be subject to a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA).

Membership of Prohibited Organisations

The police service has a policy of prohibiting any officer, staff or volunteer from becoming a member of the British National Party, Combat 18, National Front or other similar organisations. 

See our FAQs for more information about Special Constable vetting.