To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to speed up the recruitment and vetting process managed by Shared Services Connected Limited for special constables to the Metropolitan Police Service.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
23 November 2021
Special constables bring diverse and valuable skills to police forces that strengthen policing and help forces to develop important links with communities. Their recruitment and vetting is managed locally by police forces in line with national guidance maintained by the College of Policing.
The Government recognises public concern around police vetting which is why the Home Secretary has recently commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) to carry out an urgent thematic inspection of vetting and counter-corruption procedures in policing across England and Wales.
We continue to work closely with National Policing Leads to ensure consistency across forces in order to strengthen the national approach to special constables, including their recruitment.