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Vetting process

The below explains what is involved in the vetting process starting with the different levels of vetting and where we check for information on the applicants.

Non-Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV)

assesses the honesty, integrity and reliability, and the overall suitability for clearance of anyone other than police officers, police staff and members of the special constabulary, who have unsupervised physical or remote access to any of the following:

  • Police premises
  • Information
  • Intelligence
  • Financial or operational assets
  • Corporate databases
  • Data networks or hard copy material.

Please note the level of vetting provided will be to the standard set out in the Vetting Code of Practice.

Non-police personnel include, but are not limited to:

  • Agency personnel
  • Statutory crime and disorder partners
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • UK Border Force
  • Third party agents
  • Staff of elected local policing bodies (depending on role)
  • A variety of contractors.

For non-police personnel vetting we carry out the following checks on each applicant and their associates:

Police National Computer (PNC)

This provides details of any criminal records an individual may have.

Police National Database (PND)

This is an intelligence system which provides information on individuals, including investigations where there has been no formal outcome.

Special Branch (SB)

This is a counter terrorism check.


This is a financial check on the applicant which does not leave a visible footprint to third parties.

We may view other non-conviction databases if deemed necessary.


This level of vetting is applicable to non-police personnel with access to police premises and or systems.


This level of vetting grants the applicant to have unsupervised, unrestricted access to police premises and systems and could include those working in areas where the police roles have been identified as designated posts. NPPV3 allows access to classified police material or information up to SECRET and occasional access to TOP SECRET.

Security Clearance

This is required for individuals who are to be appointed to posts which require Long-term, frequent and uncontrolled access to government assets marked SECRET.

How our New Self-Service vetting process will work

Annual reviews

Furthermore we provide annual reviews on all clearance holders providing up to date checks.