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Police Constable

Authorised Firearms Officers


PC, Authorised Firearms Officers 

  • AWE Group, Berkshire
  • Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
  • Porton Down, Wiltshire

PCs, Special Escort Group 

  • Special Escort Group (SEG), Berkshire

You may also apply if you are interested in locations not listed above, as vacancies may arise elsewhere in the future. Preferences will be captured in the application process, though no station can be guaranteed. Applicants will be processed in line with business needs. Post-holders will be required to travel throughout the UK when necessary.

The roles

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  • Applicants must be serving police officers or have left the police service no more than 36 months ago.
  • Although we welcome applications from currently qualified AFOs, you do not need to be a currently qualified AFO to be eligible to apply. Full training will be provided.
  • You must be a sole British National and hold a British Passport.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain full Security Check clearance and, Developed Vetting clearance for AWE and SEG posts.
  • Selection to the SEG will be based on availability of posts and skill set.
  • You will be required to achieve 7.6 on the Multi-Stage Fitness Test (bleep test) in line with the College of Policing National Standards for the AFO role profile. Find out more about being #MDPfit for the job.

Take a look at Entry Requirements for further information on residency, financial status, tattoos and piercings and vetting.

How to apply

If you consider yourself eligible to apply, follow ‘How to apply for PC and PS vacancies’ below, see Step 2 – Apply to join us

Closes: This campaign currently has no closing date. This will, however, remain subject to review, in accordance with level of interest and business needs.

Next steps

  • Applicants who pass the paper sift will be invited to attend for interview on a date to be confirmed, via Microsoft Teams video link. Successful applicants will then be invited to attend for a medical and fitness test at a later date.
  • Upon commencement of employment, you will be required to complete a 9-week New Entrants from Other Forces (NEOF) course, which includes the initial 8-weeks of firearms training. Officers who are currently qualified AFO’s will have a gap analysis undertaken by the Firearms Training team and may be eligible for a shorter conversion course, where this can be accommodated.

Further information

To find out more about these vacancies, email the Recruitment Team: MDP-RecruitmentEnquiries@mod.gov.uk

How to apply

Step 1 – Initial eligibility and suitability check for Authorised Firearms Officer posts

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 Civilian policing organisation (i.e. BTP/CNC/Ports/PSNI/Police Scotland). You will be required to provide evidence that you have successfully completed your initial training, if you have less than 3 years’ service.

If you meet the criteria outlined above and you have 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.

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 absences from the UK being no more than six months cumulative 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: We are unable to accept applications from anyone with foreign or dual nationality status. To be employed, all applicants will be required to achieve full security clearance without restrictions.

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 NEOF Application Form. 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.

We value difference in our force with a difference

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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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
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