The College of Policing officers has announced that officers dismissed for gross misconduct will have this information placed on a publically-searchable database.
As new rules under the Police and Crime Act 2017 come into force, the Police Barred List prevents forces and policing bodies employing officers, staff and specials who have been dismissed for conduct or performance matters.
The rules will see details of those officers and specials dismissed for gross misconduct placed on an open and searchable database on the College’s website.
The database has been developed with advice from the Information Commissioner’s Office to ensure the new legal requirement balances the College’s commitment to openness and transparency with an individual’s right to privacy.
Detective Superintendent Jackie Alexander, from the College of Policing, said:
“The vast majority of officers and police staff come into the service to protect the public and they act with integrity and respect.
“It is encouraging to see that trust and confidence in policing has been steadily rising to its highest rating in recent years, but those who do fall short of the standards expected of them will now not find a way back into the police once dismissed.”
“The new lists introduced today are intended to ensure the public are served only by those suitable to hold policing posts. It will prevent those dismissed from policing from re-entering the service.”
A separate Police Advisory List has also been created under the Act containing the names of officers, staff or specials who resign or retire from the service while under investigation, as well as designated volunteers whose status is withdrawn.
As no finding has been made against an individual, the Police Advisory List is not publically searchable.
Forces and policing bodies must use the barred list to prevent someone previously dismissed from re-entering the service, and must consider any inclusion on the advisory list during vetting.
The Police Barred List will begin to be populated with dismissals as they take place on and after 15.12.2017.
Police forces have five days to inform the College of dismissals, and the list will be updated by the end of the following month.
Names placed on the publicly searchable database will remain there for a period of five years from the date of publication.
The database can be found on the College of Policing website .
Where an individual who resigns or retires under investigation and is placed on the Police Advisory List is found that they would have been dismissed if still serving, they will be removed from the advisory and placed on the barred list, including the publicly searchable database if it is a matter of gross misconduct by a police officer or special.
Individuals on the lists can apply for a review to be taken off it after three years if dismissed for performance matters, and after five years if dismissed for conduct or placed on the Advisory List in all cases. The College will consider these applications if individuals can evidence that they are once again suitable to be employed within policing.
The barred and advisory lists replace the Disapproved Register, previously used to capture the names of dismissed officers to prevent them from re-entering the police service.
Members with queries about this new process can contact the Association’s Professional Standards Co-ordinator, Victor Marshall.