Lavinia-Loredana Bertia wrote:
I am about to register with Wales Interpreter and Translation Services, and they are asking for information about family, friends, partner/spouse. They're obviously trying to check if they have a criminal record or are currently involved in any criminal activities.
In my country, criminal records are kept on file somewhere, listed under the person's name and ID number, so it's not necessary to know who a person's family members are to determine if they have a criminal record.
On the other hand, http://www.gwent.police.uk/info_point/wits.htm says:
WITS will provide an improved quality of service from interpreters and translators by:
* ensuring all of its linguists are fully security vetted to police standards.
My partner and a member of my family both have criminal record. Do you think this will go against me and prevent me from getting a job with them?
That depends on paranoia in Wales. Can people with criminal records become police offers in Wales? I know in South Africa people with criminal records can be come the state president (all three of them since 1994 had criminal records with some serious crimes on them).