PEEL: police legitimacy 2016 (6129)

To address this cause of concern, HMIC recommends that:

  • Within six months, all forces not already complying with current national vetting policy should have started to implement a sufficient plan to do so.
  • Within two years, all members of the police workforce should have received at least the lowest level of vetting clearance for their roles.

[on]8th December 2016 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]9th December 2016 [comment]

New recommendation

[/comment][/on][on]29th January 2018 [comment]

Being progressed, no additional information available at this time.

[/comment][/on][on]29th January 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]8th May 2018 [comment]

The force has introduced a new process and governance structure to manage HMICFRS recommendations. An initial meeting to discuss recommendations was held with WMD Force Liaison Officer Steve Barley and Sharanjit Dhillon on 26 April 2018. There is now a nominated owner (senior officer) for each recommendation, an action tracker system on Sharepoint where activity undertaken to address the recommendation is recorded and a scrutiny/sign off process that is led by chief officers.

The force has begun collating information from different sources about activity and actions taken to address recommendations and the process to summarise the force position for each one is underway. The HMICFRS Force Liaison Lead will work with the force to review activity to date, assess the current position for each recommendation and monitor progress through the new process. Recommendations will be submitted to the HMICFRS regional chief of staff for sign off when appropriate.

The nominated owner of this action is: Ch Insp Warren Little.

[/comment][/on][on]7th August 2018 [comment]

The force is working to a plan to reduce its vetting backlog. The progress made will be assessed during the IPA inspection in November 2018.

[/comment][/on][on]4th January 2019 [comment]

During the IPA inspection in November 2018 the following points were noted by HMICFRS:

  1. The force has increased capacity in the vetting unit
  2. Decision making has been devolved from the unit head to a small group of decision makers to increase capability and timeliness
  3. The unit head monitors vetting outcomes for fairness and disproportionality

However, the force (in May 2018) had 52% of its workforce not vetted to RV standard, ie the 10 year revetting/aftercare was not completed. Whilst many of the unvetted staff may have been revetted in other ways (eg on promotion, move to specialist role) the force agreed that at least 20% of the workforce were unvetted and had not been revetted within the 10 year period. This has been identified as a significant problem and will feature in the WMP IPA report.

This recommendation cannot be signed off until the backlog has been cleared in accordance with a clear plan.

Peter Davies.040119.

[/comment][/on][on]25th January 2019 [comment]

The November 2018 IPA inspection found that the force had a backlog of about 5500 police vetting (RV – 10 year aftercare) checks. Whilst the force has increased capacity in the vetting unit and improved business processes to deal with the backlog, the projected time it will take to reduce it to zero is 3.5 years (including an additional 1500 officers and staff whose 10 year vetting will expire in the intervening period).