Police Constable, Authorised Firearms Officer – Ministry of Defence Police

Police Constable, Authorised Firearms Officer – Ministry of Defence Police

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Website https://twitter.com/MODPolice Ministry of Defence Police

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Contract type – Permanent

Salary – £23,541

Join our Force with a difference. Join the MDP.

Job description

The Ministry of Defence Police, more commonly known as the MOD Police or the MDP, is:

  • a national civilian police force, serving the MOD, other UK Government departments and UK NATO partners based in the UK
  • a specialist police force, with most of our officers deployed as Authorised Firearms Officers, and significant numbers delivering marine policing and dog handling roles

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.

Entry requirements

To apply to join the MDP, you will need to:

  • be 18 years or over at the time of applying.
  • hold a full UK manual car driving licence, with no more than six penalty points.
  • 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). You will need to provide copies of your qualifications with your application form.
  • have resided continuously in the UK for a minimum five-year period immediately prior to your MDP job application, with any absence form the UK being no more than six months during that time. The qualifying UK residence 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.
  • hold a British Passport, as a full British national.
  • be physically fit and able to achieve level 7.6 on the multi-stage fitness test (bleep test).

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.

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.

For more information, take a look at Entry requirements on our recruitment website.



Once you’ve been accepted as a probationary constable, you will begin your 18-week initial police training (including an 8-week firearms training course), which consists of knowledge-based training, operational development and work-based assessment. Upon successful completion of all, you will gain a Diploma in Ministry of Defence Policing for officers in England and Wales and the Certificate in Policing (MOD Police) for officers in Scotland. Visit our Training page to find out more.

Diversity and inclusion

Your individual background, skills and experience are exactly what we’re looking for, because 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 to our future. People join us from all walks of life and backgrounds, and we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment where we support, recognise, and nurture the talents and skills of everyone in our organisation.

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, who work closely with our Diversity and Inclusion team to support staff and make sure their voices are heard. This work includes providing advice and support throughout the recruitment process for those underrepresented in our organisation. To find out more, email MDP-PositiveActionGMB@mod.gov.uk

To learn more about the MDP, visit www.mod.police.uk

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