There is a lot of people on here that will disagree with what i have to say, and there will be a few that agree. The ones who won't will probably be the ones who haven't had to deal with it,
I was refused security clearance a couple of years ago, and was not given an explanation as to why!! Which in it's self is wrong i feel.
I have never been in trouble, seen the inside of a police cell or even seen what a FPN looks like, and i was refused, i jumped through all the hoops and was even told by the special sergeant interviewing me it was one of the best he had done in 15 years!!!
Maybe i was refused because of someone else, maybe a family member which lives 105 miles away from me i don't know, but what i do know is the force i applied for has 15 serving police officers with convictions and cautions ranging from dangerous driving to fraud!! But yet they wont accept someone who is as clean as a whislte and was honest throughout? Then i read on here about people who have applied with cautions, convictions spent or not and still passed vetting, i know each case is dealt with by merit but to me a conviction or caution is still the result of braking the law at some point.
So i find it very disheartening and unfair that the vetting departments can refuse people without giving reason or even inviting you to speak to them. In some peoples eyes it could be seen as a form of discrimination and judgmental. After all i was always led to believe that the main priority and ethic of the police service is not to discriminate and treat everyone the same. If i was an employer and refused to recruit anyone if they had no record and jumped through all the hoops and passed everything i required them too im sure i would be held accountable somehow.
I haven't written this post to accuse anyone or give the impression that the police service discriminates against people, i have written it to express my feelings and let people know how it could be perceived by some people and to see what other people think. I haven't written it because im bitter or jealous neither because i'm not ,like i said its been two years since so i'm over it. i just want to know why they can do it and why they are a law to themselves.