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

Find out what it takes to join MDP as a new recruit.

Stage 1: Pre-screening

You will begin by completing and submitting a registration form containing your contact details and your answers to initial eligibility questions. If the answers to the questions on your registration form confirm initial eligibility, a member of the Recruitment Team will be in touch to arrange a call to go through the full eligibility criteria and further discuss your suitability for the role.

Stage 2: Application form

If you are successful at the pre-screening stage, you’ll then be invited to complete a full application form.

Here’s a reminder on what you need to include, to make sure that your application is complete.

Completing your application to join the MDP

To note: Our application form requires you to provide personal details about a range of subject areas. This includes information for vetting purposes, your tattoos, your financial position and any previous involvement with the police. Find out more about entry requirements.

Stage 3: Suitability interviews

If you receive confirmation that you have been successful at the application stage, you’ll be invited to take part in a suitability interview to check your understanding of the Force, the role, your motivation for joining us and your understanding of the impact that the role may have on your personal life.

Interviews are conducted via phone and last for approximately 30 minutes

Successful candidates are then invited to attend a mandatory briefing and Q&A session – all delivered online using Microsoft Teams.

Stage 4: Competency-based interviews

If successful at the suitability interview, you’ll then be invited to attend a 40-50-minute competency-based interview, with two assessors on Microsoft Teams.

Candidate guidance documents

Suitability interview guidance for candidates

Annex A

Annex B

Stage 5: Medical, fitness test, national security vetting and police vetting

If you are successful at the competency-based 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 standards and Fitness.

Stage 6: Hire

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

Stage 7: Appointment and training

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

Following successful completion of training, all new recruits are required to complete the remainder of a 2-year probationary period.

The New Recruit application process can take from 6-12 months, from your initial enquiry to the time of your appointment.

Find out more about training