New Recruit - Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO)

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Current Vacancies

10/01/2020: NOW OPEN - New Recruit vacancies at: AWE Aldermaston, AWE Burghfield and the Special Escort Group in Berkshire; Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria; Bacton in Norfolk; and Vulcan in Caithness.

Your initial posting will be as an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO), with opportunities to train for specialist positions once in the Force and where vacancies exist.

Successful applicants will be offered vacancies at the above specified sites only. No alternative postings will be offered, irrespective of campaigns for other locations that may open in the future.

To be eligible to apply for posts at the AWE sites, you must have resided continuously in the UK for a minimum ten-year period immediately prior to your application to join as a new Police Constable with the MDP. Any absence from the UK must be no more than six months in total during this time. In addition, it is a requirement of the establishment that you must be a British Citizen and hold a British passport.

Those who have been unsuccessful in their application to join another Police Force can apply to join the MDP when a campaign is live, irrespective of when they were unsuccessful. You may also apply to the MDP even if you have an active application with another Force, but please ensure that you let the Resourcing Team know if you decide that you no longer wish to continue with the MDP process.

Find out if you are eligible by visiting our Eligibility page

Closing date: All completed applications must reach the Resourcing Team by Friday 24 January.

How to apply

To apply, print the MDP New Entrant Application Form and complete this by hand in black ink.

Watch this short video to make sure you have included everything that is required before sending your application to us.

All completed application forms should be posted to:

        DBS Civ Pers– MDP Resourcing Team
        Room 30, Bldg 1071
        MDP HQ Wethersfield
        CM7 4AZ

We advise applicants to ensure that they have used the correct level of postage or that they send their application via recorded delivery to ensure that it reaches us. Check that you have completed all sections and enclosed everything required; if your application is incomplete it will not be processed.

On receipt of your application, you will be sent an acknowledgement email from; please add this email address as a favourite/trusted contact on your email account in order to avoid any correspondence being automatically moved to your Junk Mail folder.

For further information, or should you have any enquiries that are not answered on our FAQs page, email the Resourcing Team.

The MDP is committed to building an organisation which is representative of the communities we serve and is therefore keen to positively encourage applications from female candidates and from minority and other under-represented groups. We welcome 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, provided that they are able to meet the specified criteria.

Further information is provided here regarding the recruitment process timeline for New Recruit applicants:

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