Everyone who applies to join Lancashire Constabulary will go through our vetting process. 

We Make Thorough Background Checks

All applicants will have to complete detailed vetting forms to enable these checks to be made.

Our enquiries will reveal incidents from long ago, and applicants who fail to disclose relevant known matters will have their application declined. 

Criminal Convictions Guidance

We consider previous convictions, cautions and other recordable sanctions carefully as it can affect public confidence if officers have these. This includes reprimands, formal warnings, final warnings, fixed penalty notices and restorative justice sanctions.

The College of Policing Vetting Code of Practice and associated Authorised Professional Practice (APP) advise that applications for a position as a police officer are to be rejected in all cases where:

  • offences were committed as an adult or juvenile which resulted in a prison sentence (including custodial, suspended or deferred sentence and sentences served at a young offenders’ institution or community home); or

  • the applicant is a registered sex offender or is subject to a registration requirement in respect of any other conviction.

For all other convictions or cautions there is a rebuttable presumption that they should be rejected.  In particular, the following should result in rejection: 

  • offences where vulnerable people were targeted

  • offences motivated by hate or discrimination

  • offences of domestic abuse.

Forces are advised to take particular care where an individual has been convicted of (or cautioned for) offences of dishonesty, corrupt practice or violence.

Each case will be considered on it’s merits and, whilst the rebuttable presumption is that convictions, cautions or other sanctions should lead to rejection, there may be cases where this may be disproportionate in the circumstances. 

Financial Status

We use financial checks to assess whether you have been, are currently, or are likely to be in financial difficulty, or show signs of financial irresponsibility to the extent that you could become vulnerable to financial inducement.

Paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to the Police regulations 2003 states that a member of a police force shall not wilfully refuse or neglect to discharge any lawful debt. 

We won't be able to consider you if you:

  •        have existing county court judgements outstanding against you
  •        have been registered bankrupt and have not discharged your bankruptcy.

If you have been registered as bankrupt and have discharged your bankruptcy debts you will not be considered until three years after the discharge of the debt. Debt Relief Orders (DROs) are treated in the same way as a bankruptcy.

If our credit reference check reveals that you have a current individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) then we'll give your application careful consideration.  Clearance decisions will not be considered until there is evidence that you have maintained regular IVA repayments over a number of months and then each case will be considered on its merits.  The same principle applies where there are defaulted accounts. 

If you are a former Director of an insolvent limited company you will be treated as if you were bankrupt even though the debts are in the company name.

Business Interests

You must tell us about any employment you intend to keep alongside your police role so we can assess if it is compatible. This includes:

  • Other jobs (paid or unpaid)
  • Voluntary work
  • Involvement in any business, enterprise or organisation
  • Family links to licensed premises
  • Any property you rent out. 

Vetting Decisions and Appeals

When you've been granted vetting clearance the vetting unit will notify the recruiting department. 

If vetting clearance is declined we will contact you directly to inform you of the reason.

If vetting clearance is declined applicants will have the right of appeal when one or more of the following factors apply:

  • further information is available that was not considered by the decision maker

  • the vetting rejection was disproportionate considering the circumstances or details of the case

  • the decision was perverse or unreasonable

  • no explanation has been given for the decision

The appeal decision is final.


If you have tattoos please declare these on your application form. We will ask you to send us 2 photos of each tattoo to show us the location and nature of it/them. We will then assess the tattoo(s) against our standards. Tattoos are not acceptable if they are particularly prominent, garish, offensive or undermine the dignity and authority of a police officer. 


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