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Results published in policing’s largest integrity screening project

Source: National Police Chiefs' Council published on this website Tuesday 30 January 2024

Historical data wash completed with thousands of police workforce checked

  • 307, 452 officers, staff and volunteers checked against the Police National Database (PND)
  • First time any workforce has undergone integrity screening on this scale
  • Working towards longer term Continuous Integrity Screening solution

January 2024 sees the publication of the largest integrity screening project undertaken in policing, with over 307,000 officers, staff and volunteers checked against the Police National Database (PND).

In January 2023, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) contacted all police forces and asked them to prepare their HR data so all officers, staff and volunteers could be checked against the PND.

The Police National Database (PND) is a data store of operational policing information and intelligence provided by individual forces. It contains copies of locally held police records covering intelligence, crime, custody, child protection and domestic abuse investigations.

Building on the data wash work, the NPCC is now working with the Home Office to consider a longer term integrity solution for policing which will provide forces with a solution which alerts them to any new information in a timely manner.  

Key results from the historical data wash (full tables here)

  • 307, 452 officers, staff and volunteers checked against Police National Database
    • o 461 of those were referred to an appropriate authority and of these:
      • 9 triggered further criminal investigation
      • 88 triggered disciplinary investigation
      • 139 triggered vetting clearance
      • 128 triggered management intervention
      • 97 required no further action

Individuals identified in above step either dealt with through stringent professional standards processes to manage and/or mitigate risk or referred to an appropriate authority[1]. Those referred to an appropriate authority dealt with in one of following ways:

  • Criminal investigation
  • Disciplinary investigation (misconduct)
  • Management intervention (dealt with by supervision)
  • Vetting clearance (re-vetting)
  • No further action

[1] The Appropriate Authority is the term for the person responsible for considering complaints made about the force and/or individuals within. AA’s are the rank of at least the Chief Inspector or Police Staff equivalent with accredited training. They work within the Authorised Professional Practice (APP) and are usually based within a Professional Standards team.