Police Involvement questions during interview

I've got my interview coming up soon and heard that while you don't have to disclose any spent convictions you do have to mention any police involvement (ie being questioned/arrested etc), anyone had any involvement in this? I thought if a conviction was spent you didn't have to mention it at all but I don't want to lie if they ask about any other police involvement.


War Hero
Your nefarious past need only be declared to a careers adviser if the offences are not fully spent. If you are not confident they are spent in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act speak to a solicitor because failing to declare an unspent offence is in itself an offence (still with me?).

Some penalties are never spent and must always be declared.

All offences, spent or unspent must be declared on your online security clearance application regardless. Fail to declare, no SC. No SC, no job.

Feel free to pm details if in doubt, discretion assured.


War Hero
Just to add - any police involvement after submitting an application, even if only appearing in court as a witness - MUST be declared to your careers adviser before any court appearance.
So my understanding from this is that everything needs to be disclosed at SC but during the interview you dont need to disclose any police involvement if it led to a conviction that is already spent. You would only mention it during the interview if it was still ongoing?


War Hero
Unspent offences must be declared on the rehabilitation of offenders form (Mod Form 493) prior to interview and, if permitted to proceed, would be discussed at interview.

In most cases unspent offences would bar your application being processed as far as interview but if the information was deliberately withheld, the applicant would have their security clearance denied.
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