You can apply for a MDP role whatever your background, provided that you meet the required standards.
This short video provides a summary of our eligibility requirements.
More details are listed below:
You must be 18 years of age or over at the time of applying.
You must hold a full UK manual car driving licence with no more than six penalty points.
You must have a level 2 qualification in English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or equivalent. Copies of relevant qualification certificates must be enclosed with the application form.
There is currently no requirement for new entrants to have previously attained the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing.
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 is ten years for certain sensitive postings (for example at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)). 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.
It is a requirement of the establishment at the AWE sites that you must be a British Citizen and hold a British passport.
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.
The MDP applies a tattoo and piercings policy. All tattoos are assessed individually. You should not have tattoos which could be considered discriminatory, racist, sexist, sectarian, homophobic, violent, intimidating or offensive. Tattoos on the face that are non-medical or not as a result of cosmetic surgery will result in automatic rejection. You will be required to provide photographs of all (non- intimate) tattoos, with a visible measure for scale. A verifiable translation must accompany any tattoos containing non-English words, characters or representation and an explanation of the tattoos’ meaning or significance must also be provided. Any tattoos which appear to be discriminatory, offensive or provocative will not be accepted. Facial piercings are not permitted because they are considered to undermine the dignity and authority of a police officer. There are also implications for an officer's safety. Flesh tunnels or ear plugs that leave a hole greater than 4mm, once removed, provide a significant health and safety risk and would therefore result in automatic rejection.
You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts. If you have previously been registered bankrupt, at least 3 years must have passed from the date the debt was discharged and you must be able to evidence this. You must also not have outstanding County Court Judgments against you. If you are subject to a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) or Debt Management Plan (in England and Wales), you may apply but will be required to provide evidence that you are managing your debt and able to make repayments. The same criterion applies for equivalencies in Scotland.
You will need to be physically fit and you will be required to pass the Multi-Stage Fitness Test - commonly known as the Bleep Test - by achieving a minimum of level 7.6. Find out more in our Job Related Fitness Test guidance and see what's involved by watching our video.
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 be required to undergo a medical assessment. Further information is available in our Medical Standards guidance.