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Superintendent vacancies – substantive or on promotion

  • Head of Professional Standards Department – MDP HQ Wyton
  • Force Firearms Officer – MDP HQ Wyton
  • Group Superintendent, Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) – Aldermaston


Serving police officers, or those who have left the police service no more than 3 years ago, may apply. For applications on substantive level transfer, you must have served in the rank of Superintendent and be able to evidence a credible and relevant policing record. Applicants seeking promotion will need to have at least 2 years’ experience at substantive Chief Inspector rank.

Entry requirements

  • You will be required to successfully complete the Security Check (SC) vetting process and for the Group Superintendent post at AWE, Developed Vetting (DV) clearance is also required.
  • The MDP is a civilian armed police force, with over 90% of its officers in Authorised Firearms Officer roles, and the Chief Constable expects all future senior leaders to be capable of achieving a fitness standard equivalent to 7.6 on the 15m Multi-Stage Fitness Test (MSFT). A recorded pass at 7.6 during the recruitment process is therefore ‘desirable’. However, 5.4 on the MSFT is the minimum or ‘essential’ fitness standard for entry into these Superintendent posts, and during annual tests for post holders thereafter.

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

How to apply

For a candidate information pack and further details on how to apply, please contact: MDP-Resourcing@mod.gov.uk

Closing date: 6 February 2022 at 2359hrs

  • Interviews will be held at either MDP HQ or via remote link during week commencing 21 February 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.

Constable and Sergeant - Crime Command Detectives (Operations & Intelligence)

Current and anticipated Crime Command Detective Constable and Detective Sergeant vacancies, in Operations and Intelligence roles at:

MDP HQ Wyton
  • Exploitation Team Detective Sergeant, Operations
  • 2 x Detective Constable Investigators, Operations
  • Detective Constable, Intelligence
  • Detective Constable Covert Authorities Bureau, Intelligence
RAF Northolt
  • Detective Constable Investigator, Operations
  • Detective Constable Intelligence Officer: this position may be considered for posting at a suitable MDP station. The location will be determined by Crime Command during the selection process, taking into consideration the applicant and station availability.

Note: Other vacancies may arise at different locations to those listed above and no station is guaranteed, although preferences will be captured in the application process. Successful applicants will be required to travel throughout the UK when necessary.

The roles

  • MDP Crime Command Operations Detectives investigate economic crime (fraud, bribery, corruption, POCA 2002 and theft), where the MOD is the principal victim
  • MDP Crime Command Intelligence Detectives manage all crime and Counter Terrorism intelligence on behalf of the Force

Look at our specialist roles, for more information on Crime Command.


  • You must be a currently qualified Constable or Sergeant Detective, with experience of working in operations and/or intelligence. Officers who have left policing in the previous 24 months and still hold a valid nationally recognised qualification may also apply.
  • Crime Command Operations vacancies: current PIP2 Detective Investigator qualified.
  • Crime Command Intelligence vacancies: current IPP Intelligence qualifiedFor all Crime Command Intelligence roles, it is a requirement to achieve Developed Vetting clearance.
  • You must be a full British National and hold a British Passport.
  • You will be required to meet the level of fitness specified in the College of Policing National Role Profile applicable to the post. In the case of non-AFO roles, including posts in Crime Command, the level of fitness required is 5:4 on the Multi-Stage Fitness Test. As a force with such a high percentage of AFO CTs, all officers should, however, maintain their ability to achieve the fitness level for that role, when required to operate as an AFO CT to meet the needs of the Force. It is therefore desirable for all applicants to demonstrate their capability to attain Level 7:6 on the MSFT

Take a look at Entry Requirements for further information, including 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.

Closing date: midnight, 6 February 2022

Next steps

  • Successful applicants will be invited to attend for assessment at MDP HQ on a date to be confirmed. The assessment will consist of an interview, medical and fitness test.
  • Upon commencement of employment, you will be required to complete an 8-day New Entrants from Other Forces (NEOF) training course.

For further information regarding the roles, please contact MDP-RecruitmentEnquiries@mod.gov.uk

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.

Read more on our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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.

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.


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