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

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

Eligibility requirements

You can apply for an MDP role whatever your background. This is what you will need:

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