Police disclosure documents are official records provided by law enforcement agencies. They typically encompass an individual’s criminal record, including details of past convictions, cautions, warnings, or reprimands. These documents are essential for various purposes, including employment, visa applications, immigration, or volunteering opportunities, as they help assess an individual’s suitability and trustworthiness.
Police disclosure documents may include:
- Basic Disclosure: Provides details of unspent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
- Standard Disclosure: Offers more comprehensive information, including both spent and unspent convictions, as well as cautions, reprimands, and warnings.
- Enhanced Disclosure: Contains additional information relevant to the specific role, including details that might not be disclosed in a standard check.
The two most common police certificates are issued by the ACRO Criminal Records Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service. These are commonly referred to as an ACRO certificate and a DBS certificate.