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When you join the MDP you’ll be entitled to a competitive benefits package.

Pay

New recruits

The starting pay for newly recruited MDP Constables is £23,541. Thereafter, increases in pay are reviewed annually and linked to performance (including fitness and attendance). Within six years, you could be earning over £39,074. Location allowances are also payable at specific sites.

New entrants from other police forces

The starting salary for all serving police officers who join the MDP from other police forces is determined by the length of service the officer has completed with their previous force. As an example, a Constable who has completed 5 years’ police service will most likely join the MDP on Pay Point 5 of the MDP Constables’ pay scale (this can be checked by the Recruitment Team). Officers will retain their original pay increment date, providing that there is no break in their police service.

We no longer pay housing allowance or Competency Related Threshold Payments to officers joining from other forces.

MDP Pay Rates and Leave Allowances

Constables(A)(B)
Pay Point - WEF 1 September 2020Home Office
Rate
MOD Rate for Overtime &
Pensions Purposes (95% of A)
On commencing service *0 £21,402£20,332
On completion of initial training 1£24,780£23,541
2£25,902£24,607
3£27,030£25,679
4£28,158£26,750
5£30,411£28,890
6£34,950£33,203
7£41,130£39,074

*At this current time, all new recruit entrants to the MDP are placed on spine 1 upon commencement of employment (including training).

SERGEANTS (A)(B)
Pay Point - WEF 1 September 2020 Home Office
Rate
MOD Rate for Overtime &
Pensions Purposes (95% of A)
Entry point for officers promoted
from Constable 1*
2£43,965 £41,767
3£44,901 £42,656
4£46,227£43,916

*Spine 1 has been removed with effect from September 2020, therefore newly promoted and year 1 Sergeants will start in spine 2.

Annual leave

New recruits

22 days’ annual leave at entry, rising to 30 days after 20 years’ service.

New entrants from other police forces

Previous annual leave entitlement will be honoured, commensurate with length of service.

Length in serviceLeave entitlement
Less than 2 years22 days (176 hours)
2 or more years25 days (200 hours)
10 or more years27 days (216 hours)
15 or more years28 days (224 hours)
20 or more years30 days (240 hours)

Pensions

Our officers and civilian staff are automatically opted into the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (ALPHA). Alpha is a defined benefit scheme (Career Average) in which your pension builds up as a percentage of your actual pensionable earnings. With generous contributions from the MOD, this gives you a pension that compares well with much of the private sector.

Further information

Civil Service Pension Scheme

Civil Service Pension Scheme – Prospective Members FAQ

Civil Service Pension Scheme – Employer contribution rates

The MDP recognised my existing skills and qualifications and I have been provided with great opportunities to develop these further.

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Discounts and offers

All members of the MDP are entitled to a range of discounts through the Defence Discount service. These offers include cinema tickets, restaurants and even reduced prices on several car brands.

Through Payroll you will be able to access our Cycle to Work and other salary sacrifice schemes.

Wellbeing and fitness

We’re committed to supporting the wellbeing of our people and we understand that people perform best when they feel comfortable and can be themselves.

We have:

  • trained mental health first aiders throughout the force, to listen and signpost suitable guidance when staff need support
  • the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) : a 24-hour helpline, available every day of the year, providing emotional support, guidance and advice on a wide range of issues
  • Headfit: with online tools designed to help defence people stay mentally fit and on top of their game at work and at home
  • an Occupational Health team to provide guidance and advice in relation to the annual medical process and other health related issues for safety critical posts
  • fitness provisions, including gyms, fitness instructors and a Force dietitian
  • staff networks – find out more on our Diversity and inclusion page
  • guidance, advice and support to represent your needs, available from the Defence Police Federation and, for civilian staff, Trade Unions – membership is offered to all staff

DOFit

Operational staff have access to the Defence Occupational fitness programme (DOfit), which is a best practice health behaviour change support programme, developed in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) to support MOD and Service personnel.

“DOFit offered me information and support and helped me realise that small changes can make a big difference. Since attending the course, I have lost weight and improved my fitness.”

Lifestyle

Standard working hours are 40 per week, but shift patterns vary from station-to-station. As a guide, a typical shift pattern would consist of four 12-hour shifts, followed by four days off. To note: Shift patterns are currently subject to review throughout the Force.

We have a culture that promotes healthy work-life balance and we use flexi-time and flexible working schemes, where duties and roles permit. MDP officers can be considered for alternative working arrangements, such as part-time working, after successful completion of the 2-year probationary period.

Sports

We encourage all our staff to keep fit and healthy and for our officers, fitness is an operational requirement.

Membership to CSSC Sports & Leisure (CSSC) is open to all in Defence and provides a number of ways to stay active – as well as savings on gym memberships.

Many stations have gym facilities and we have a Force Sports Association that offers support to staff taking part in competitive opportunities. Our officers also take part in Police Sport UK initiatives and Defence sporting events, sometimes competing against their colleagues in the armed forces!

Learning and development

You will be provided with opportunities to acquire nationally recognised qualifications and external qualifications from professional institutes. Our Occupational Capability Centre offer support and advice for operational staff.

All staff have access to Civil Service Learning and the Defence Learning Environment. These online learning portals, accessible in and outside the workplace, offer a wealth of training materials and a great place to update your knowledge and skills.

Career progression

When you join the MDP, you’ll begin your journey in our police family and in the wider Civil Service.

Opportunities to progress in your policing and Civil Service career are wide and varied. Once you have completed your probationary period, there will be opportunities for you to further specialise and develop your career with us.

Our police officers and staff are offered ongoing training, guidance and support to help with personal and professional development. Those with a desire to progress will be guided and helped to move up into senior positions within the Force.

We also open some of our police promotion opportunities for officers joining us from other police forces.

Our rank structure

Police Constable
Sergeant
Inspector
Chief Inspector
Superintendent
Assistant Chief Constable
Deputy Chief Constable
Chief Constable