New Entrants from Other Forces (NEOF)


Applicants must have completed their probation period (minimum of 2 years' service) as a regular Constable and have the relevant qualifications, skills and experience for specific specialist posts.

For further information on eligibility and the application process, visit the Serving police officers page.

Current Vacancies


Applications are invited from serving and recently retired Police Constables and Police Sergeants, including Police Constables who are suitably qualified for promotion to Sergeant Rank, for Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO) vacancies throughout the UK.

Current and projected vacancies

You will be invited to specify, on the application form, which of the above locations (in order of preference) you are applying against.

You do not need to be a currently qualified AFO or Marine Unit officer to be eligible to apply – full training will be provided upon commencement of employment with the MDP.

Applicants should be aware that for some roles and locations, it is a requirement to achieve Developed Vetting clearance so you should be willing to undergo this process.

Closing date

To note: You will be tested and must achieve the 7.6 fitness standard throughout the training process and upon completion of training, officers will be tested to this standard on an annual basis as a contractual requirement.


Applications are invited from currently qualified Constable and Sergeant Police National Firearms Instructors. This includes those officers who may have retired in the previous 12 months and still hold a valid qualification.

Our Firearms Training Delivery Centres are based in the following locations: MDP HQ Wethersfield (Essex), AWE Burghfield (Berkshire), Aldershot/ Portsmouth (Hampshire), Clyde (Argyll & Bute), St Fergus (Aberdeenshire), Garlogie (Aberdeenshire), York (Yorkshire) and Fairford (Gloucestershire)/ Hereford (Herefordshire). There are current and prospective vacancies available at a selection of these locations and you will be given an opportunity to state your preferred location on application.

  • To be eligible to apply, you must have completed a Police National Firearms Instructor (NFIC) course accredited by the College of Policing and you must hold lead trainer status.
  • Applicants should be aware that for some roles it is a requirement to achieve Developed Vetting clearance, so applicants should be willing to undergo this process.
  • Applicants should note that the MDP will be vacating MOD Wethersfield sometime after 2020. Work is currently underway to find a suitable location on another MOD estate but as yet, no decision has been taken. Once the new location has been identified and timelines agreed then further information will be cascaded accordingly and, there will be full engagement with the Defence Police Federation and Trade Unions.
  • For further information regarding the role you are invited to contact the Chief Firearms Instructor, Chief Inspector Brockett, by email: or on 01371 854886.

    How to apply

    To apply, applicants should print the NEOF Application Form and complete this by hand in black ink.

    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. Please ensure that you complete all sections and enclose everything required; if your application is incomplete it will be returned to you.

    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 the correspondence being moved automatically to your Junk Mail folder.

    For those who apply, it may take upto 4 weeks before you will hear from the Recruitment Team. If you have not heard from us within that timeframe you may contact us. Please also remember to check your Junk Mail folder if you have not received any response from us.

    The MDP is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and so welcomes applications from anyone who meets the standard requirements. However, females and members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in our organisation and we would therefore particularly welcome applications from individuals in these groups.

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

      NEOF Application Process