Protecting, reassuring and always being ready to respond

As an MDP PC Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO), on a day-to-day basis you’ll carry out patrols by foot, vehicle and static armed duties. You’ll be a first responder, working with other policing and security partners in and around the sites you protect.

Not every shift will be busy and it may sometimes seem like nothing is happening but, you need to be prepared to respond if, and when, something does happen. For that reason, physical and mental stamina are of the utmost importance. You need to have the ability to maintain your concentration, remaining alert and vigilant at all times and being confident to take control of situations. Your work is of national importance.

As an AFO on station you will also provide a vital role in deterring threats and reassuring staff, as well as the general public in the surrounding area. Good communication skills, resilience, team working and integrity are essential, with the ability to speak and listen carefully to assess information and provide guidance and advice.

If this sounds like a job for you, the next step is to look at where we’re located and find out more about who we are and what we do, our specialist roles and our operational units and groups.

I have been fortunate to work in a variety of roles. This is because I took the opportunities whenever they became available. I’m very proud to be a Police Officer with the MDP.


Tony speaks on his life in the MDP

“The MDP really is a force with a difference and the opportunities available to you are wide and varied”