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

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

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

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, on your financial position and any previous involvement with the police. Find out more about entry requirements.

You will be notified of the sift result by email.

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

Stage 3: Interview stage

If you receive confirmation that you have been successful at the application stage, you’ll be invited to take part in the interview stage . The interview will include two elements; competency questions based on the MDP Competency Framework and suitability-based questions.

Suitability questions will assess: your understanding of the Force and the role, your motivation for applying and your understanding and expectations of the impact that the role may have on your personal life.

Interviews are conducted via Microsoft Teams and last for approximately 1 hour.

If you hold a valid College of Policing online assessment pass, undertaken in the 12 months prior to you applying, and can supply evidence of this, your interview will only consist of the suitability element.

Candidate guidance documents

Suitability interview guidance for candidates

Annex A

Annex B

Stage 4: Medical, fitness test, National Security Vetting and Police Vetting

If you are successful at the interview stage, 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. If the post you will be offered requires DV clearance, this will be initiated once your station allocation is confirmed and SC has been granted.

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

More information: Vetting, Medical standards and Fitness.

Stage 5: Hire

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

Stage 6: 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.

Find out more about training