Step-by-step guidance on your route to join us

Find out what it takes to join MDP as a New Entrant from an Other Force (NEOF)


The NEOF application process can take from 6-9 months, from your initial enquiry to the time of your appointment.

Stage 1: Application form

Having confirmed that you’re eligible to apply, you will be sent an application form. You will need to complete the form electronically and return, with copies of required documentation, to

To note: On receipt of your application, you will be sent an acknowledgement email: add as a favourite or trusted contact on your email account, to avoid correspondence being moved automatically to your Junk Mail folder. It may take up to 6 weeks before you will hear back from us. If you do not hear from us within that timeframe, contact Please also remember to check your Junk Mail folder.

Stage 2: NEOF Suitability interview

Successful applicants will be invited to attend suitability interviews on Microsoft Teams. The interviews will take 25-35 minutes and the questions will be based on your background, skills, motivation for applying and understanding of the role and core tasks and mission of the MDP.

Stage 3: Medical, fitness test, national security vetting and police vetting

If you’re successful at the NEOF Suitability interview, you’ll be invited to attend a medical and fitness test. Your National Security Vetting application for SC clearance will also need to be initiated and police vetting checks conducted; the Recruitment Team will guide you through these processes.

Once you have successfully completed all of the processes, you will be ready for appointment (subject to vacancy availability).

More information: Vetting, Medical and Fitness.

Stage 4: Hire

Candidates who successfully pass the recruitment process are held, pending an intake, and offered available positions.

Stage 5: Appointment and training

Congratulations, you’ve now successfully completed the application process and your MDP journey will be begin at the training school. Upon commencement of training you will be an MDP employee and you are therefore paid your salary from day one of the training programme.

Following successful completion of training, all NEOFs are required to complete the remainder of a 12-month probationary period.

Find out more about training