Vetting and why we need it

The police service is committed to maintaining the highest levels of honesty and integrity and to preventing corrupt, dishonest, unethical or unprofessional behaviour. Vetting helps support this, reducing the risks of unauthorised disclosure or loss of sensitive police information.

Public confidence in the police is crucial, particularly as we "police by consent." Public confidence in policing depends on officers, staff, Specials and volunteers demonstrating the highest standards of personal and professional behaviour.

The public must have confidence that police vetting processes are effective in identifying those who might pose a risk to the community. The police service must also be alive to the threat from organised crime groups and others who might try to gain access to police systems and intelligence.

Vetting helps identify people who are unsuitable to work in the police service. This includes those who are unsuitable through criminal activity or association, those who have a clear lack of honesty and those who are financially vulnerable.

Vetting helps us to maintain a healthy organisation.

Any successful application is assessed on a case by case basis and is subject to an individual successfully passing vetting.

The Chief Constable reserves the right to reject any application.

Where an individual has failed to declare a conviction, caution or outstanding charges the application will be rejected on integrity grounds.

Employment Exclusions

  • Armed Forces Personnel
  • Traffic Wardens, civil enforcement officers and school crossing patrols
  • Neighbourhood and Street Wardens
  • Highways Agency Traffic Officers employed in an 'on-road' capacity
  • PCSOs
  • Members of private constabularies
  • Ministry of Justice employees (Magistrates, Judges, Clerks, CPS)
  • Immigration Officers


All applicants must have been resident in the UK for the last three years without a break to meet the residency criteria, with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

If your residency abroad involved work with The British Armed Forces or on UK Government Service then you would still be considered to have been resident in the UK.


Applicants will not be considered if they have an existing:-

  • County Court Judgement (CCJ)
  • Undischarged bankruptcy

Minimum age limit

You can apply to become a Special aged 17 years and six months but you cannot be appointed or attested (given police powers/warrant card) until you are 18 years old.


Tattoos are not necessarily a bar to appointment. However some tattoos could potentially offend colleagues, members of the public or could bring discredit to Hertfordshire Constabulary. If you have tattoos, please take a photograph and send in with your application form, together with a description, their size and location.


Ideally, you should not have a criminal record. Some minor convictions may not preclude you. You must declare any conviction, civil or military (including minor and juvenile offences, cautions, bind-overs, reprimands and fixed penalty notices) regardless of how long ago these took place. Failure to declare any of these will result in rejection.

Spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 must be declared.

Finally you must also declare if you have ever been involved in any criminal investigation whether or not this led to prosecution (either of yourself or those associated with you).

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