A career with the MDP may offer just what you’re looking for

As a serving or retired member of the Armed Forces or a Civil Servant, for example working as a Prison Officer or for Border Force, you’ll have a wealth of relevant skills, abilities and experiences that we welcome.

A career in the MDP could be the perfect career transition for you, offering the opportunity for you to continue working in a role that supports UK national security and public safety, be that in a policing or civilian role.

You will continue to develop your skills as well as learn new ones. If you currently work for the MOD, you’ll continue to work within an environment that will be very familiar. You’ll liaise with a range of policing and security partners and professional bodies and teams, in and outside the wire.

If you’ve left or you’re preparing to leave the military and wondering which career path to take next, or perhaps you’re in a law enforcement or public safety role in the Civil Service and you’re looking for a career change, why not take a look and see where a career in the MDP could take you…

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Please note: The application and entry route for military leavers and Civil Servants is as a new recruit – there is no direct transfer process.

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We’re working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to advertise and promote opportunities to join MDP, to ex-military personnel and to those in the process of leaving the Armed Forces.

You can meet us to find out more at the following 2024 CTP Employment Fair events:

  • 18 April – BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
  • 9 May – The International Centre, Telford
  • 5 June – Ashton Gate, Bristol
  • 27th June – Bournemouth International Centre
  • 11th July – Chelmsford Racecourse
  • 3rd September – Lincoln Show ground
  • 17th September – York Racecourse
For more info please visit…
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Our officers share their experiences of leaving military service and joining the MDP

I previously worked in another Civil Service role in the MOD, where I liaised with MDP colleagues. I decided that a career in policing was the right choice for me and I would encourage anyone interested to find out more and join MDP.



I am currently a member of the Armed Forces, Prison Service or another part of government. Can I transfer in to the MDP?

No, you will need to join the MDP as a new recruit. The only other route for entry in to the MDP is as a new entrant from another UK Civilian Police Force (e.g. Home Office Force, Ports Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Police Scotland, British Transport Police or Police Service of Northern Ireland).

I am currently serving in the Armed Forces. How does this affect my application in terms of the notice period I must give?

Members of the Armed Forces can still apply when in service. You would not be expected to resign or give notice until we were ready to offer you employment. Most applicants from the Armed Forces get their notice period waived when joining us, so you are advised to speak to your personnel department to see if this could apply to you also. We take any notice period into account when planning start dates.