Please refer to all the associated help files and guidance available on the website when completing your application.
Our selection process involves several stages, designed to ensure you have what it takes to undergo the challenges of training and, ultimately, policing. The process usually takes around 9 – 12 months from your initial enquiry to your appointment. For a full breakdown, please download and read the process documents.
Once we’ve received your application, it will be around 4-8 weeks before you hear from us again. If you have not heard from us in that time frame, please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also remember to check your Junk Email folder if you have not received any response from us.
Please note: time lines involved in the recruitment process for new recruits and SEARCH ticket holders can be found in the following links on the right
You can apply for an MDP role whatever your background. This is what you will need:
- You must be 18 years of age or over at the time of applying.
- You must hold a full UK manual car driving licence with no more than six penalty points.
- All applications will be subject to robust medical/security/vetting processes and candidates are advised that at some locations/establishments an enhanced level of vetting is required which may result in applications being sifted out if they do not meet the required British Nationality/Residency status. To this end, you must have resided continuously in the UK for a minimum five year period immediately prior to your application to join as a new Police Constable with MDP (with any absence from the UK being no more than six months during this time). The qualifying UK residency period may be extended to 10 Yrs for certain sensitive postings. 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.
- 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.
- The MDP applies a tattoo policy. All tattoos are assessed individually. You should not have tattoos which could cause offence. Tattoos on hands, face and above the neckline or those which are particularly prominent, or likely to undermine the dignity and authority of the office of constable are not permitted. You will be required to provide photographs of tattoos with a visible measure for scale. A verifiable translation must accompany any tattoos containing non-English words, characters or representation. Tattoos on the arms that are excessive in size or visual impact may not be accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, please note that two full-sleeve tattoos will be considered unacceptable. Tattoos anywhere on the body which appear to be discriminatory, offensive or provocative will not be accepted.
- You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, have outstanding County Court Judgments against you, or be subject to a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) in England and Wales. The same criteria apply for equivalencies in Scotland.
- You will need to be physically fit and you will need to pass the job-related fitness test (currently comprising a bleep test to level 7.6). If you receive a conditional offer of employment or are placed into a pool of successful candidates to whom it is intended a conditional offer will be made when a position arises, you will undergo a medical screening. You will also need to meet the minimum eyesight standards for corrected (glasses or contact lenses) and uncorrected vision.