Where you can serve with us…
The sites and communities we serve and protect cover a wide range of locations across the UK. From Central London to the Yorkshire Moors, to the furthest point of Scotland, to the South West of England, the areas we operate within provide unique working environments and some great settings for you to enjoy with family and friends when off duty.
We are a national force and, subject to availability, there will be opportunities to serve with us at a selection of locations across the UK. Yet, it is worth noting that most new recruits will be posted to Aldermaston, Burghfield, Portsmouth, Whitehall, Clyde, Coulport or Vulcan.
Opportunities at other locations may be available for new entrants from other police forces and for new recruits, on a limited basis, when vacancies arise.
Aldermaston/ Burghfield, Berkshire
Beith, North Ayrshire
Clyde/Coulport, Argyll and Bute
Derby (Raynesway), Derbyshire
Fylingdales, North Yorkshire
Glen Douglas, Argyll & Bute
Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire
Porton Down, Wiltshire
Regents Park Barracks, Greater London
St Fergus, Aberdeenshire
Wethersfield (MDP HQ), Essex
Whitehall, Central London
Colin, MDP PC at Vulcan
Colin joined the MDP in 2003, starting his career at the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites in Berkshire. He now works as an Authorised Firearms Officer at Vulcan in Scotland.
“I never knew that when I joined the MDP I would end up serving at stations from one end of the country to the other.”
After completing training, where will I be posted?
Where the advertised campaign was site specific, you will be posted to the location for which you applied – for example, ‘vacancies at the Aldermaston and Burghfield sites only’. For national campaigns with no specific location, whilst we will do our best to meet your location preferences, vacancies will be filled on business need.
Is there accommodation available for my initial posting?
No, accommodation will only be provided during your initial residential training course. When you take up post on station, following completion of initial training, if you live outside of reasonable travelling distance, you will be required to relocate at your own cost. Reasonable travelling distance is classed as up to 1 hour or up to a 50-mile drive.
Are any relocation expenses available?
When you join the MDP, you’ll be responsible for your own relocation costs if you need to move home to take up your first post. Thereafter a move to another station will often be financially supported by the MOD, depending on the transfer terms for the vacancy.
Are there any particular working conditions to note for those posted to a nuclear site (AWE Aldermaston, AWE Burghfield, Special Escort Group, Tactical Firearms Unit, Raynesway (Derby))?
If you’re posted to a site which requires respirator use, you will be made aware that there are restrictions on facial hair for officers stationed there. This is due to the potential need to use a respirator whilst working in hazardous environments: the effectiveness of the respirator is diminished by beards and moustaches, representing a significant risk to the wearer.
When would I be able to look to move to another MDP station?
The two-year probationary period will be served at the station you are posted to and the standard posting length for all officers is three years.