Barred list

Search the barred list for people who have been dismissed from policing through the Police Conduct and Performance Regulations. And read about the advisory list, and how both lists are used and maintained.

The barred and advisory lists were introduced as part of the government's commitment to improving police integrity.

They increase the accountability of those who are dismissed from policing. They also further the transparency of the police discipline system by publishing details of these individuals, where appropriate, in order to raise public confidence in the police.

Both lists are administered  by the College of Policing.

About the barred list

What the barred list contains

All officers, special constables and staff members who have been dismissed from policing after investigations under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 or Police (Performance) Regulations 2012 as well as the equivalents for police staff.

Individuals will remain on the list indefinitely, unless they win an appeal against their dismissal or make a successful review application, where they would have to provide clear evidence as to why they were now suitable to re-join policing. Reviews cannot be requested for a minimum of three years for performance matters, and five years for conduct matters. Even a successful review does not guarantee a return to policing: the individual concerned would have to successfully apply for a post and pass vetting, just like anyone else would.

How the list works

Where an individual has been dismissed, the force will send a report, containing information set out in Regulations, to the College of Policing. The College will then update the barred list with those details. The same process will be used for the advisory list.

The College will make decisions on whether it is appropriate to publish the information on the barred list, taking into account national security, other ongoing investigations and any significant harm which may be caused to the individual or others. In the vast majority of cases, we expect that the information will be published.

Individuals who have been on the barred list for a period of five years (or three years where their dismissal was related to gross incompetence) will be able to apply for a review of their barred status. The College will consider their application with reference to the individual's demonstration of their suitability to re-join policing, the circumstances of their original dismissal and the effect which removing them from the list may have on public confidence in the police.

Use of the barred list

The following are required to check whether an applicant is on the list, prior to employing or appointing them:

  • Home Office police forces in England and Wales
  • Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire & Rescue Services 
  • the Independent Police Complaints Commission (soon to be the Office for Police Conduct)

If an applicant is on the barred list then they must not be employed or appointed into policing.

Public access to the barred list

Details of officers and special constables (but not police staff) who have been dismissed for conduct matters are published by the College of Policing, unless certain exemptions apply. The list is updated monthly, with names added by the end of the following month. For example, if someone is dismissed on 15 January, their name will be on the list by the end of February.

As agreed with the Information Commissioner's Office, the public list is searchable. As details of police hearings and outcomes are now largely published on force websites and reported in the media, the names of individuals who are dismissed from policing are generally already in the public domain.  

In accordance with the legislation, the details held on the public list will include the name and force of the officer concerned, their rank and number, the date and reason for dismissal. Information will be held on the public list for five years from the date of publication.

Exemptions to publication

​Only officers (including specials) go on the public list. Police staff members, including PCSOs (police community support officers), will not go on the public list.

The College makes the final decisions on whether it is appropriate to publish the information, taking into account national security, ongoing investigations and any significant harm which may be caused to the individual or others. In the vast majority of cases, however, the information will be published.

About the advisory list

What the advisory list contains

The police advisory list is a list of all officers, special constables and staff members who have resigned or retired during an investigation or who leave before an allegation comes to light. It also includes designated volunteers who have had their designated status withdrawn because of conduct or performance matters.

Individuals on the advisory list will be able to apply for review of their status after five years in all cases and the College will make this decision based on whether it is appropriate to remove the individual.

Use of the advisory list

The following are required to check whether an applicant is on the list prior to employing or appointing them:

  • Home Office police forces in England and Wales
  • Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire & Rescue Services
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission (soon to be the Office for Police Conduct) 

If an applicant is on the advisory list, then they must consider the information regarding why they are on the list as part of the vetting process. In order to do this, appropriate HR and vetting staff in these organisations will have full access to the advisory list published on a private information site for this purpose.

There is no public access to the advisory list.