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I would love to work for the police but unfortunately I have a caution which I received while mentally unwell. Will this stop me from joining the police?
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Hello,

I would love to work for the police but unfortunately I have a caution which I received while mentally unwell. Will this stop me from joining the police?
Hi - I think this might depend on what the caution was for. This comes from the code of conduct for police vetting:
Public confidence may be affected if an officer has a previous conviction or caution, therefore there is a rebuttable presumption that a person will not be suitable for appointment as a police officer or special constable if they have a previous conviction or caution for a criminal offence, especially if it relates to dishonest or corrupt practices, or violence. Factors that may weigh against this presumption being applied in individual cases include the nature and severity of the offence, the person’s age at the time they committed the offence, and the length of time since the offence was committed. Each case must be considered on its own merits including both the individual’s role in the offence and the nature of the conviction or caution. This presumption applies to police staff roles with designated powers or roles where there is a likelihood of being in the evidential chain.

So a minor caution may be permissible if you can explain that your situation has changed etc. But if it was something bad there may be an issue. I imagine your best option would be to apply and ensure they have all the available information etc. and see what they say.
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