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Police Sergeants: Substantive or on promotion

Vacancies: Various. All posts require you to be trained as an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO).

Although we welcome applications from currently qualified AFOs, you do not need to be a currently qualified AFO to be eligible to apply, unless specific role information in the Candidate Information Pack specifies otherwise. Full training will be provided.

Closing date: 12 December 2021, 2359hr

Police Sergeants

  • Clyde, Argyll and Bute
  • Aldermaston and Burghfield, Berkshire
  • RNAD Coulport, Argyll and Bute
  • Garlogie, Aberdeenshire
  • St Fergus, Aberdeenshire
  • Bacton, Norfolk
  • Derby, Derbyshire
  • Vulcan, Caithness – limited timeline of 3 years
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Wiltshire
  • Devonport, Devon

Firearms Branch Sergeants 

  • Burghfield, Berkshire
  • MDP HQ, near Braintree, Essex, due to relocate to Wyton (Cambridgeshire) during early 2022

Note: Other vacancies may become available throughout the process.


Serving police officers and officers who have left the police service no more than 36 months ago, are invited to apply. If applying on promotion as a Constable, you will need to have passed your promotion period, be able to evidence that you have passed your Part 1 exam and evidence completion of any work-based development, if applicable.

If you are seeking substantive level transfer, you must have served in the rank of Sergeant and be able to evidence a credible and relevant policing record. You will be required to achieve National Security Vetting, at SC level as a minimum and for specific posts DV level clearance is required. You must also be capable of achieving a minimum fitness standard of 7.6 on the 15m Multi-Stage Fitness Test (MSFT), during the recruitment process and annually thereafter.

Further details on the skills and qualifications required for specific vacancies are included in the Candidate Information Pack that all applicants will receive with the application form.

Recruitment timeline

Interviews will be held at either MDP HQ or via remote link during January 2022. Medical and fitness tests, for successful candidates, will take place at MDP HQ (dates to be confirmed). Successful candidates will be expected to take up appointment as soon as is practicable.

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To request the application and information pack, and for further details on how to apply, please contact: MDP-Resourcing@mod.gov.uk

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We’re committed to ensuring that the MDP is representative of modern Britain, and we welcome and support applicants from all backgrounds and experiences.

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My move to the MDP is, for me, the best move I’ve made. My most memorable experiences include escorting the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales carriers, whilst having to negotiate a busy sea channel carrying passenger ferries and commercial shipping.


Interested in joining us?

You can register for an email alert to be sent to you ahead of the go-live dates for any future campaigns, for vacancies at ranks that we are not currently advertising.

Please make sure that you:

  • complete your details accurately, especially your email address – if your email address is incorrect, you won’t receive the email alert
  • only submit one form – if you’ve made a mistake and need to change anything, send us an email and we will update your details
  • familiarise yourself with our locations and where you’re most likely to serve

How to apply for PC vacancies when a campaign is live

Step 1 – Initial eligibility and suitability check

Policing status: To join us as a new entrant from another police force, you must have completed your probation period (with a minimum of 2 years’ service) as a regular Constable with a UK Home Department Police Force or other UK policing organisation (i.e. BTP/CNC/Ports/PSNI/Police Scotland). If you left the police service, including service with the MDP, no more than 3 years ago, you may also apply to join us.

Driving licence: You must hold a full UK manual car driving licence with no more than six penalty points.

Qualifications: Although we welcome applications from currently qualified AFOs, you do not need to be a currently qualified AFO to be eligible to apply, unless the job listing specifies otherwise. Full training will be provided.

We also welcome applications from officers with specialist policing skills, such as marine and dog handling qualifications, should suitable future internal recruitment opportunities arise. Likewise, for those interested in those specialisms, but not yet qualified, upon completion of AFO training you will be able to apply to undertake respective training programmes (subject to availability).

Residency: You must have resided continuously in the UK for a minimum five-year period immediately prior to your application to join as a new Police Constable with MDP, with any absence from the UK being no more than six months during this time. The qualifying UK residency is ten years for postings to the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) and any location requiring Developed Vetting clearance. If you have resided abroad due to serving in the British Armed Forces or on UK Government service, you are considered to have been resident in the UK.

Nationality: There is currently a review being undertaken which could result in all new applicants to join MDP being required to have full British Nationality and be British Passport holders. Until that review concludes, we are unable to accept applications from anyone who is not a full British National and British Passport holder.

To be employed, all applicants will be required to achieve full security clearance without restrictions.

Fitness: To join the MDP as an AFO, you must achieve 7.6 on the multi-stage fitness test (bleep test). You will then be tested to that standard throughout the training process and, upon completion of training, officers will be required to meet the Force fitness standard for AFOs on an annual basis, as a contractual requirement.

Financial status: You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts or have any outstanding County Court Judgements against you. If you have previously been registered bankrupt, at least 3 years must have passed from the date the debt was discharged and you must be able to evidence this.

Further questions will follow, to confirm your eligibility to apply, as part of the full application process. Take a look at Entry Requirements for more information.

Step 2 – Apply to join us

If you consider yourself eligible to apply, you can now complete your application.

Save the MDP Application Form NEOF Feb 2021. Complete the form electronically and return, with copies of required documentation, to MDP-RecruitmentEnquiries@mod.gov.uk

On receipt of your application, you will be sent an acknowledgement email. Add MDP-RecruitmentEnquiries@mod.gov.uk as a favourite or trusted contact on your email account, to avoid correspondence being moved automatically to your Junk Mail folder.

It may take up to 6 weeks before you will hear back from us. If you do not hear from us within that timeframe, contact MDP-RecruitmentEnquiries@mod.gov.uk  Please also remember to check your Junk Mail folder.

You will receive further information on the recruitment process going forward, in line with COVID-19 guidance and requirements.