Train to be an Authorised Firearms Officer


We are recruiting

Ready to start your MDP journey?

Looking to find out more?

If you haven’t done so already, please take a tour of all the information throughout the website, where you’ll hear from our people on life in the MDP, be guided through the application and training processes, and learn about who we are, what we do, and where an MDP career could take you.

Read on for details of our online briefing sessions, latest vacancies and how you can apply…

Meet us online

We’re hosting online information sessions so you can find out more about starting your career with the MDP.

Join us to learn about our unique role, what we can offer and what the application process will involve. You can also ask any questions that you may have on training and the application process ahead.

The sessions will take place on 3, 4 and 5 October, on Microsoft Teams. Each session will last approximately two hours and there is a limit of 950 spaces for each session. Allocation will be on a first come first served basis.

To take part in one of these sessions and reserve your place, you must complete this form and register by 23:45 on Sunday 1 October 2023. Please record your details accurately and indicate which of the sessions you wish to attend.

Join us as a New Recruit

We are a national force, and the areas we operate within provide unique working environments. Take a look at all our locations.

We anticipate vacancies in the following regions for our latest New Recruit campaign:

Region 1 – Scotland (North East)

  • Garlogie
  • St Fergus

Region 2 – Scotland (Central)

  • Clyde

Region 4 – England (North East)

  • Easington
  • Menwith Hill

Region 6 – England (Central East)

  • Bacton

Region 8 – England (Central South)

  • Aldermaston
  • Burghfield

Region 9 – England (South East)

  • Porton Down

You will be asked to state a preference of region/station in your application however, no location can be guaranteed and you will be allocated a post based on business needs.

Applicants may state a second preference from our locations, should these stations become available during your application process. However, these are not guaranteed and if successful you should expect to be posted to your first preference.

To note:

  • Posts at the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites, at Aldermaston and Burghfield, and at Menwith Hill will require successful completion of the Developed Vetting (DV) clearance process.
  • You must be a sole British National and hold a British Passport to be eligible to apply for any of our vacancies.

Learn more about our entry requirements and the police and national vetting processes.

How to apply

Pre-application workshop

Before you can begin our application process you must participate in one of our pre-application workshops:

  • Monday 9 October 18:00 – 19:30
  • Tuesday 10 October 10:00 – 11:30
  • Wednesday 11 October 18:00 – 19:30
  • Thursday 12 October 17:00 – 18:30
  • Saturday 14 October 10:00 – 11:30

Access to our application form will be provided following your attendance at a pre-application workshop, and upon subsequent confirmation of your eligibility.

During the workshop you will receive detailed information on all application stages, the entry requirements for the roles advertised, and what is required when applying. There will also be time for you to ask questions.

Pre-application workshop attendance is a requirement for all candidates, and you won’t be able to proceed to the next application stage if you do not attend a workshop.

To take part in a pre-application workshop, you must complete this form and register by 10:00 on Friday 6 October 2023. Please record your details accurately, to ensure that our MS Teams invite reaches you.

Pre-screening and application

Following attendance at a pre-application workshop, you’ll receive a pre-sift form to complete and return within 48 hours.

At this stage you will be asked to confirm your eligibility. If you meet our entry requirements, you will then be sent an application form to complete and return to our Recruitment Team.  

We value difference in our force with a difference

We know that creating a diverse workforce, representative of the communities that we serve, is essential. People join us from all walks of life and backgrounds, and we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment and culture, where everyone can bring their whole selves to work, and individuality is truly appreciated.

Staff networks play an important part in supporting an inclusive culture in the MDP. These include our Gender, REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage), LGBT+ and Disability and Wellbeing networks, alongside our Mental Health First Aiders and Wellbeing sessions.

Advice and support are available throughout the recruitment process for those underrepresented in our organisation.

To make contact, email

Read more on our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Next steps

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Our Recruitment Team will provide regular updates and information on the progress of your application.