Where you can serve with us…
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 and the standard posting length (tenure) is three years.
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.
Colin, MDP PC at Vulcan
Colin’s MDP career started in 2003 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.”
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.
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 – up to 1 hour or a 50-mile drive – you will be required to relocate at your own cost.
When you join the MDP, you will be responsible for your own relocation costs if you need to move home to take up your first post. Thereafter, station moves will often be financially supported by the MOD, depending on the transfer terms for the vacancy.
If you’re posted to a site which requires respirator use, you’ll be made aware that there are restrictions on facial hair and for facial products (including make-up) for officers stationed there. This is due to the potential need to use a respirator whilst working in hazardous environments: the efficiency of the respirator is diminished by facial hair and products, representing a significant risk to the wearer.
The two-year probationary period will be served at the station you’re posted to, and the standard posting length (tenure) for all postings is three years. Moves thereafter are usually at the discretion of the officer applying for an advertised post or promotion.