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Vetting costs

Date of request: 18 January 2023
Reference: 152-23


  1. How much money did your force spend on vetting new recruits from 6 April 2012 to 5 April 2013 (financial year)?
  2. How much money did your force spend on vetting new recruits from 6 April 2021 to 5 April 2022 (financial year)?
  3. How many officers in your force have been vetted in the last 5 years?
  4. How many officers do you have in total?

Clarification: police officers and police staff please


We do not record costs specifically for vetting new recruits. I can provide you with the staffing costs for both the financial years requested:

Vetting Dept: 2012-2013
Grand Total 2012/13 £ 163,544.03


Vetting Dept: 2021-2022
Grand Total 2021/22 £ 567,549.51

In relation to question 3, our recording process for vetting moved from paper systems to digital in 2018.  We are not able to confirm that all records from that year were transferred to the digital system and as such are not able to confirm accurate figures for 2018.  However, in relation to those records held on our digital system, for the five years prior to the date of research – 02/02/2018 to 02/02/2023 – we have identified a total of 14,151 vetting applications received.  The date range relates to the date when the vetting applications were received rather than processed.

Officer Starters by Calendar Year
2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
224 223 412 347 402


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