- You must be 18 years of age or over at the time of applying.
- You must hold a full UK manual driving licence with no more than six penalty points.
- All applications will be subject to robust medical/security/vetting processes and candidates are advised that at some locations/establishments an enhanced level of vetting is required which may result in applications being sifted out if they do not meet the required British Nationality/Residency status. To this end, you must have resided continuously in the UK for a minimum five year period immediately prior to your application to join as a new Police Constable with MDP (with any absence from the UK being no more than six months during this time). The qualifying UK residency period may be extended to 10 Yrs for certain sensitive postings. If you have resided abroad due to serving in the British Armed Forces or on UK Government service, you are considered to have been resident in the UK.
- You should not have a criminal record. If you have a conviction as an adult or juvenile it is unlikely that you will be suitable but some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you.
- You must not have tattoos on your hands, neck, forearms or face which could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues, or be considered lewd, potentially offensive or provocative. Any tattoos of significant size or visual impact will usually lead to rejection if considered too prominent. You may be required to prove the meaning of foreign language words and symbols etc. Any tattoo that in the view of the Force would undermine the dignity and authority of the office of constable will lead to rejection. Each case will be considered on its individual merits.
- You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, have outstanding County Court Judgments against you, or be subject to a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) in England and Wales. The same criteria applies for equivalencies in Scotland.
- You will need to be physically fit and you will need to pass the job-related fitness test (currently comprising of a bleep test to level 7.6). If you receive a conditional offer of employment or are placed into a pool of successful candidates to whom it is intended a conditional offer will be made when a position arises, you will undergo a medical screening. You will also need to meet the minimum eyesight standards for corrected (glasses or contact lenses) and uncorrected vision.
- You may only apply to one Police Force at a time if those Forces require candidates to undertake the Police SEARCH® Recruitment Assessment Centre. If you have previously applied to any force in England and Wales that use SEARCH® and have been unsuccessful at any stage up to and including the Assessment Centre then you must wait 6 months before you can apply from the date you were unsuccessful. Applicants who have scored more than 50% and achieved a full pass at SEARCH® can transfer their scores (only if achieved in the last 24 months) regardless if they were sifted out at a later stage of the process. Applicants should still complete the MDP application form, and provide evidence of their pass. You are not required to complete the CBQ questions on the form.
- The completion of security questionnaires.
- A financial check, including a check with a Credit Reference Agency.
- Interviews with your character referees either by telephone or in person.
- A detailed interview with the person requiring the clearance, conducted by a Vetting Officer.
Most officers begin their probationary service at one of the MOD’s nuclear sites, such as AWE Aldermaston or Burghfield.
Beyond the nuclear environment, the diverse range of sites and specialist roles available throughout the UK offers MDP officers a unique opportunity for a rewarding and varied police career.
Joining the MDP
With around 2,700 officers spread over many locations, and performing a range of different jobs, our organisation is so diverse that we need a wide range of people to join us.
The people we recruit come from all walks of life and bring with them a range of skills and abilities. We are looking for people who are capable of making clear judgements under pressure, people who can handle long periods of inactivity and still remain vigilant, and people who can react quickly and, just as important, reasonably.
The full list of our eligibility requirements are:
Job Related Fitness Test ( 75 kb)
Having a previous criminal conviction/s or caution/s, is not an automatic bar to joining the MDP. However, you must disclose all convictions/cautions however minor when completing your application form. We will judge each case on its merits. (Parking infringements are excluded)
There is currently no requirement for new entrants to have previously attained the Certificate of Policing Knowledge.
Our Selection Process
Candidates who pass the application stage will be called to a two-day assessment centre at our training centre in Wethersfield, Essex. The assessment comprises a number of exercises, which simulate real life situations/problems and a job-related fitness assessment.
Generic guidance on what the Assessment Centre stage of the process entails is available via the below link:
If you are successful at the assessment centre you will later be required to undergo a medical examination to confirm your suitability for the role.
Our selection processes involve obtaining references and security checks, based on the forms you fill in when you first apply.
Once all relevant documents have been cleared and processed, you will be considered for employment as a constable with the MDP.
Everyone working in the MDP is required to undergo a robust Force vetting/security process and obtain at least Security Check (SC) Clearance. This is the lower security clearance required by the Government and involves a credit check plus checks against such things as UK criminal and security records and, if appropriate, those of overseas countries.
As the majority of new applicants can expect to serve their probationary period at an Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), you will also be required to obtain an enhanced level of vetting which is referred to as Developed Vetting (DV) clearance. DV checks are carried out only to the extent required to safeguard national security but will include:
The aim is to ensure that your character, personal circumstances and integrity are such that you can be trusted with access to sensitive information or assets and that you will not be vulnerable to blackmail.
It is important that you are completely open and honest with us during the recruitment process, since omitting or concealing information will be taken as evidence of unreliability and/or dishonesty.
If you are not initially stationed at AWE, and therefore do not require DV clearance, you will still be required to obtain DV clearance if at some point in your career you are posted to an atomic weapons establishment, or any other establishment requiring higher-level security clearance.
Common Access Card
As an MDP officer you may at some point in your career work at a United States Visiting Forces (USVF) Base, most of which are located in the East of England (mainly East Anglia). Since November 2006, access to US networked IT systems worldwide has only been available via the use of a Common Access Card (CAC) and the majority of posts at USVF Bases require officers to hold a CAC. In order to obtain a CAC, you will need to provide certain personal information and data that the USVF authorities will safeguard and retain whilst you remain employed on a USVF unit.
Please be assured that all candidates undergoing security clearance are treated impartially and consistently irrespective of their age, disability status, gender, gender identity, marital status, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
With many sites throughout the UK, opportunities in the MDP are on a national scale. Most new recruits are likely to be stationed initially at one of the Atomic Weapons Establishments (AWE), at Aldermaston or Burghfield in South East England, or one of our stations in Western Scotland, where their two-year probationary period will be served. However, the standard posting length for all officers is three years.
Upon joining the MDP, you will be liable for your own relocation costs if you need to move house to take up your first post. Thereafter a move to another station will usually be financially supported by the MOD if it is on public interest terms.
We are now currently recruiting 'New Entrants from Other Forces' (NEOF’s)
If you are a serving Constable in a Home Department Police Force/Police Scotland and you have completed an approved probationer training programme, the MDP can provide new options for developing your career.
We are particularly looking for qualified Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs) or serving officers willing to train to this minimum standard in firearms.
You will not be required to complete another probationary period. However, you will be required to undertake an induction course and achieve AFO status.
If there is no break in service as a serving Constable with a Home Department Police Force (HDPF), you will be allowed to count your previous service for annual leave entitlement purposes and retain your previous service in respect of your salary scale (less the adjustment to reflect MDP pay scales).
If your application is sifted in you will be required to attend an interview assessment. If you are successful you will be required to complete a physical fitness test [currently the bleep test to level 7.6); to undergo a medical examination and will be subject to the Force vetting/Security process that applies to all new entrants.
Diversity & Equality
The MDP has a high commitment to diversity and equality. We recognise that our ability to provide an effective service depends on the skills and abilities of our people and the more diverse our people are, the wider the range of skills, abilities and experiences available to us will be.
We have worked hard to develop an inclusive approach that values the diversity of our people and which seeks to understand and address the issues facing particular groups. We aim to enable every officer to realise their potential and contribute fully to developing the performance of the MDP as a whole. We are assisted in this by our minority staff support groups for female, disabled, ethnic minority and lesbian, gay and bi-sexual staff.
The MDP welcomes applications from suitably qualified individuals from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability status, gender, gender identity, marital status, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
We are committed to building an organisation which is representative of the community we serve and so particularly encourage applications from people from minority or under-represented groups.
The MOD is an accredited user of the Disability Two Ticks Symbol and we will seek to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled people to participate in the recruitment process. However, given the strict medical and fitness standards required for entry to the Police Service, it may mean that people with some disabilities are unlikely to qualify for recruitment.