AFF’s Regional Manager Overseas Esther Thomas is delighted to report an extension of the Police Certificate service for soldiers and their entitled family members to all overseas locations – this will be carried out by the Spec Ops RMP Service Police Crime Bureau (SPCB).
More choice for families
For those seeking employment and volunteer opportunities on their return to the UK, a Police Certificate issued from the SPCB may be adequate. While there is no guarantee that your employer will accept the certificate, it is worth emailing them, as they do not charge and they can provide the certificates relatively quickly. Many employers do accept ‘equivalent’ documents.
Alternatively, you can still choose to continue going through your local embassy in the overseas country before you depart, to get a CGC or equivalent, at personal cost.
Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC) update
Following a recent trend in employers requesting a CGC or equivalent, for different periods of time spent overseas, we have now amended our previous guidance to suggest that you may require a CGC if you have lived outside the UK for a continuous period of more than six months in the past five years.
In some extreme cases you may need one for any period of time overseas in the last five years – especially if you intend to work or volunteer with children and young people, or vulnerable adults. More information on CGCs can be found here.
Getting in touch
Families should note that the SPCB’s email address will change from 2 July 2018 to SpecOpsRMP-SPCB-Vetting0Grp@mod.gov.uk. AFF will keep you up-to-date through our website; however, should you have difficulty emailing your request, you can phone the SPCB office direct on 0044 (0) 2392 28 4377.