Protecting, reassuring and always ready to respond

Whilst we don’t offer a policing role where “blues and twos” scenarios will be a daily occurrence, what we do offer is a specialist policing role of national importance, with structured shift patterns, a good work-life balance, and a breadth of future opportunities to further specialise and progress in your policing career.

As an MDP PC Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO), on a day-to-day basis you will:

  • carry out static armed duties and patrols by foot and vehicle, working with other policing and security partners in and around the sites you protect
  • provide a vital role in deterring threats and reassuring staff, as well as the general public in the surrounding area

Not every shift will be lively and it may sometimes seem like nothing is happening, but you need to be prepared to respond if, and when, something does happen. Your work is of national importance.

For that reason, you’ll need to have physical and mental stamina and be able to maintain your concentration, remaining alert and vigilant at all times and being confident to take control of situations.

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.

Does this sound like a job for you?

Take a 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 life in the MDP

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