Before recruiting anyone to work for Lancashire Constabulary, thorough checks must be undertaken to ascertain whether anything is known to the detriment of the applicant, his/her spouse, partner or civil partner, or close relatives such as parents, in-laws and siblings or others living or associating with the applicant.

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

The checks will show whether applicants or their close family  members or associates are  or have been involved in criminal activity. Applicants must provide all the requested details and advise those whose details are provided  that these enquiries will be made. Lancashire Constabulary cannot disclose the results of enquiries on third parties due to legislative constraints.

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

Lancashire Constabulary will not recruit people with cautions or convictions which may call into question the integrity of the applicant or the Police Service.

Criminal Convictions Guidance

1. Applications will not be accepted from those who have been convicted or cautioned for a serious offence such as:

  • Treason
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter / Culpable Homicide
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping / Abduction
  • Incest/intercourse with a girl under 13
  • Buggery / sodomy with a person under 16 or a person who has not consented
  • Offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 punishable by life or more than ten years imprisonment (replaces the 1956 Act and includes rape, prostitution)
  • Hostage taking, hijacking or torture
  • Involvement in espionage, terrorism, sabotage or any actions to overthrow/undermine parliamentary democracy by political, industrial or violent means or association (past or present) with any organisation advocating such activities
  • Any driving offences including 'causing death by'
  • Firearms offences
  • Any monitored hate crime (as defined by the ACPO Practice Guide)
  • Domestic Violence Offences

2. Applicants should be rejected if they have been involved in any of the following (unless there are exceptionally compelling circumstances):

A. General

  • Offences involving serious violence or injury including Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and Actual Bodily Harm (ABH)
  • Offences involving unsolicited violence towards others
  • Unlawful possession of weapons, firearms or going equipped to steal
  • Offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, punishable by up to ten years imprisonment
  • Any sexual offence involving a child (U18 within the meaning of the Sexual Offences Act 2003) 
  • Gross indecency
  • Acts of indecency
  • Abuse or neglect of children
  • Public order offences - involvement in riot, violent disorder, affray, causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress
  • Criminal damage
  • Drunk and disorderly

B. Dishonesty related offences including but not exclusively:

  • Interference with the Administration of Justice or the investigation of offences
  • Burglary / Theft by housebreaking
  • Offences which involve elements or acts of dishonesty, corruption, substantial financial gain or serious loss to anyone including theft, fraud and deception

C. Drugs/driving offences

  • Involvement in drugs, including possession of a Class A drug (heroin, morphine) or more than one Class B drug (amphetamines, cannabis) and /or supplying drugs of any kind
  • Dangerous Driving within the last ten years
  • One offence of drink driving or drunk in charge or drugs driving within the preceding ten years
  • More than one offence of drink driving or drunk in charge or drugs driving
  • Other serious motoring offences such as convictions within the last five years of driving without insurance, failing to stop after an accident or driving whilst disqualified
  • More than three endorsable traffic convictions (including fixed penalties) within the last five years (for offences on different dates)
  • Two or more convictions for regulatory offences such as failure to renew vehicle excise license within the last five years

3. Other

  • Any offence 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)
  • Cautions for recordable offences (including reprimands, formal warnings, final warnings, fixed penalty notices and restorative justice sanctions) within the last five years
  • Any recordable offence other than listed above within the last five years

The above is based on national guidance and each case is considered on its merits.

Financial status

As police officers have access to sensitive information all applicants will have their financial status checked. All members of the police service are in a privileged position with regard to access to information and the financial checks undertaken are designed to prevent recruiting those with financial difficulties at the outset.  Applicants to the police service should normally be free from un-discharged debt or liability and be able to manage existing loans.  The emphasis is on the sensible management of debt.  Police Regulations state that a member of a police force should not wilfully refuse or neglect to discharge any lawful debt.

Applicants who have existing County Court / Sheriff's Court Judgments outstanding against them, who are currently subject to an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA)  Trust Deed, who have been registered as bankrupt / subject of sequestration and their bankruptcy / sequestration debts have not been discharged will not be considered. 

Applicants who have discharged County Court / Sheriff's court Judgements will be considered and should provide a copy of the Certificate of Satisfaction.  

Applicants who have been registered as bankrupt or subject of sequestration and their bankruptcy / sequestration debts have been discharged will not be considered until three years after the discharge of the debt. 

Debt Relief Orders (DRO) will be treated in the same way as a bankruptcy. 

Former Directors of limited companies, which have become insolvent, who apply will be treated as if he/she were bankrupt even though the debts are in the name of the company. 

Careful consideration will be given where there are defaulted credit accounts and where debt management plans are in place evidence of sustained and regular payments having been made over a number of months will be required.


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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