Train to be an Authorised Firearms Officer

Apply now! Closes: 10 October at 23:45

Permanent. Starting salary: £23,541
This is a national campaign and location preferences should be recorded on the registration form.

When you join the MDP, you’ll start your policing career in a unique role where you train to be an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO) from the beginning.

As an AFO with the MDP, you will carry out static armed duties and patrols by foot and vehicle, working with other policing and security partners in and around the locations we protect. You will provide a vital role in deterring threats and reassuring staff and the public, in the surrounding area.

An MDP officer always needs to be prepared to respond. For that reason, you’ll need to have physical and mental stamina and be able to maintain your concentration, remaining alert and vigilant and being confident to take control of situations. Your work is of national importance.

We’re looking for professional, respectful, and adaptable people with good communication skills, resilience, integrity, and the ability to work well as part of a team in our police family.


Find out more on Life in the MDP.

How to register

Step 1 – Initial eligibility check

Age: You must be 18 years of age or over at the time of applying.

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

Qualifications: You must have a level 2 qualification in English Language and Mathematics (i.e. GCSE at grade C/level 4, functional skills level 2 or SQA National 5 or equivalent). Copies of relevant qualification certificates must be attached with the application form. There is currently no requirement for new entrants to have previously attained the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing.

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 that time. The qualifying UK residency period is ten years for postings to the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites and any other locations where Developed Vetting clearance is required. 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: To apply to this campaign you should be a full British National and British Passport holder.

Criminal records: You should not have a criminal record. If you have a conviction as an adult or juvenile it is unlikely that you will be suitable, but some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you.

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, as part of the initial process to confirm your eligibility to apply. More information: Entry requirements

Step 2 – Registration and pre-screening

If you consider yourself eligible to apply, register and complete our Initial eligibility questionnaire.

Registration closes at 23:45hrs on 10 October 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Register to apply


Please make sure that you:

  • complete your details accurately, especially your email address and contact number – if you submit incorrect details, we will not be able to contact you
  • 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: any additional forms sent will be deleted
  • double check your responses before you send the form – this will prevent you being auto rejected based on your own responses, as a result of selecting the wrong answer

Your responses will determine whether we are able to progress you to the pre- screen stage and you will be notified either way.

Further eligibility criteria will be discussed during your call if you progress to that stage.

Note: We have so far received a high volume of interest from potential candidates. Your patience whilst awaiting contact from our Recruitment Team is therefore much appreciated. Thank you.

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