Latest police barred list released

Published on 7 March 2022
Figures made publicly available as part of our commitment to transparency
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​The police barred list was introduced after the Policing and Crime Act 2017 made it a requirement for all Home Office police forces in England and Wales to inform the College of Policing about conduct or performance dismissals of police officers, special constables and police staff.

The list also includes dismissals of officers, special constables and police staff 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 officers or special constables would have been dismissed had they remained in the police service.

The latest barred list figures cover the number of police officers, staff and members of the special constabulary who were placed on the barred list between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. In total, 257 officers were placed on the barred list during this period.

Of the officers from forces in England and Wales placed on the barred list, from police constable to chief officer ranks: 

  • 139 were dismissed while serving
  • 100 were dismissed post-resignation
  • 18 were dismissed post-retirement

Additionally, there were a total of 29 officers dismissed from the special constabulary, and 167 members of police staff were dismissed and are now prevented from re-entering the police service or joining other policing bodies while they are on the barred list.

Between its introduction on 15 December 2017 and 31 March 2021, a total of 812 officers have been added to the barred list.

The College is required to publish a publicly available list of the details relating to police officers and members of the special constabulary who have been dismissed and are on the barred list.

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, the Independent Office for Police Conduct and offices of police and crime commissioners.

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