New Recruit - Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO)

The MDP recruitment campaign remains open for New Recruits.

For all New Recruits to the MDP, your initial posting will be as an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO) with the opportunity to train for specialist positions once in the Force, where opportunities exist.

The MDP is committed to building an organisation which is representative of the community we serve and is therefore keen to positively encourage applications from female candidates and from minority and other under-represented groups. We welcome applications from suitably qualified individuals from all sections of the community irrespective of age, disability status, gender, gender identity, marital status, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, provided that they are able to meet the specified criteria.

Given that the MDP is a national Police Force, applicants who are flexible about their preferred location may be offered a job sooner than other applicants; this applies, in particular, to applicants prepared to serve in the Aberdeen and Thurso areas of Scotland.

To apply, please print the New Recruits Application Form and complete by hand in black ink.

The Pre-Application Notice to Candidates should be read by all applicants. For those applicants who may require a reasonable adjustment at assessment, the form should be completed and returned with the application form.

Where applicable, applicants should refer to guidance on the competency framework and how to prepare and complete the Competency Based Questionnaire (CBQ) element of the application form.


Competency Assessment

All completed Application Forms should be posted to:

        DBS Civ Pers– MDP Resourcing Team
        Room 106, Bldg 1070
        MDP HQ Wethersfield
        CM7 4AZ

We advise applicants to ensure that they have the correct level of postage or that they send their application via recorded delivery to ensure that it reaches us. Please ensure that you have completed all sections and enclosed everything required; if your application is incomplete it will be returned to you.

On receipt of your application, you will be sent an acknowledgement email from ; please add this email address as a favourite/trusted contact on your email account in order to avoid the correspondence being moved automatically to your Junk Mail folder.

It can take up to 12 weeks before you will hear from the Recruitment Team. If you have not heard from us within that timeframe you may Contact Us. Please also remember to check your Junk Mail folder if you have not received any response from us.

Further information is provided here regarding recruitment process timelines for New Recruit and SEARCH ticket holder applicants:

New Recruits Application Process

SEARCH Ticket Holders Process

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