07 November 2019

Latest Police Barred List figures published

The College of Policing has published the latest figures for the Police Barred List as part of its commitment to transparency.

‚ÄčThe Barred List came into place in December 2017 following the Policing and Crime Act 2017, which made it a requirement for all Home Office forces in England and Wales to inform the College of Policing of dismissals for conduct or performance matters.

The list also includes dismissals of officers who resigned or retired prior to a misconduct hearing being held. Changes in legislation now enable forces to continue with these investigations and, where appropriate, still hold a hearing to establish whether or not the officer would have been dismissed had they remained in the police service.

The figures released today cover the number of police officers, staff and members of the special constabulary who were placed on the Barred List between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Across forces in England and Wales; 144 police officers from PC to Assistant chief constable rank were dismissed while serving, 94 police officers from PC to Chief inspector rank were dismissed post-resignation and 15 officers from PC to Inspector rank were dismissed post-retirement.

Additionally, there were a total of 26 officers dismissed from the special constabulary, and 110 members of police staff were dismissed and are now prevented from re-entering the police service or joining other policing bodies.

The names of police officers and members of the special constabulary dismissed for gross misconduct and placed on the Barred List, are published on a publicly searchable database.

Policing bodies other than police forces who must use the Barred List as part of pre-employment checks are Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire & Rescue Service, offices of Police and Crime Commissioners, and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The Barred List replaced the Disapproved Register, previously used to capture the names of dismissed officers, and those that resigned or retired while subject to gross misconduct where it was considered that there may have been a case to answer.

You can view the latest Barred List figures here.

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