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If you have applied for a previously advertised vacancy, our Recruitment Team will provide regular updates and information on the progress of your application. If you are not a serving police officer or you left the police service more than 3 years ago, take a look at opportunities for new recruits.
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
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.
How to apply for PC and PS 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. 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.
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.
Read more on our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion