Force compliance with National Vetting Policy for the Police Community

J Alexander made this Freedom of Information request to National Policing Improvement Agency

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Dear National Policing Improvement Agency,

I refer to the ACPO & ACPOS National Vetting Policy for the Police Community (NVP), dated August 2010.

I would be grateful if you could please answer the following questions regarding the policy:

1. Are police forces expected to comply with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set out by the NVP?

Where police work has been contracted out by a police force to third-party service providers, and the nature of the work requires a degree of security vetting for all staff on the premises (eg. Counter Terrorism Clearance):

2. Does the NPIA expect that the third-party service provider is made aware aware of the NVP in whole or part, and by whom?

3. Is the third-party service provider exempt from complying with SOP2 (Authentication)?

4. Is the third-party service provider exempt from complying with point 4.2 of SOP2 that states that "it is the responsibility of the Recruitment Manager, employer or other internal sponsor to ensure Authentication takes place and is fully audited prior to vetting forms being forwarded to the Force Vetting Unit"?

5. If the third-party service provider was made aware of information that meant that a candidate for employment could not fulfil the requirements of Authentication (ie. failed one or more of the four basic 'stages' of the process - Identity Check; Nationality Check; Employment Eligibility check and/or Residency Qualification), and the provider subsequently made an offer of employment to that candidate and sent vetting forms to the Force Vetting Unit, would the service provider be considered to have failed to comply with the NVP?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

J Alexander


Dear Mr Alexander,

Thank you for your recent request for information on the National Vetting Policy, dated 10th March 2011. Your request was received on 10th March 2011 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We have logged your request which is receiving our attention. Your request reference number is FOI 044/11

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Andy Woodgate
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National Policing Improvement Agency

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Dear J. Alexander,

Please find attached the NPIA's response to your request.
<<NRSB99_0111 110322 FInal response FOI044_11.pdf>>


Vicky Smith

Knowledge and Information Management Services Assistant
National Policing Improvement Agency

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