Everyone working in the MDP must successfully undergo both Force Vetting and the UK Security Vetting (UKSV) processes.

It is important that you are completely open and honest with us during the recruitment process, since omitting or concealing information during either vetting process will be taken as evidence of unreliability and/or dishonesty.

All candidates undergoing Force Vetting and UK Security Vetting are treated impartially and consistently irrespective of age, disability status, gender, gender identity, marital status, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

The UK Security Vetting process can seem a little daunting and for some people this may cause anxiety, but candidates should be reassured that people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences hold clearance at the highest level.

General guidance on myths and misconceptions about the Security Vetting process is available on GOV.UK. However, when reading this guidance, you should be mindful that your application to be an MDP Authorised Firearms Officer means that you will need to meet the required medical, fitness and Police Vetting standards, as well as the requirements for Security Vetting which can be specific to the location at which you will be employed if successful.


All new entrants must obtain Security Check (SC) Clearance as a minimum. This is the lower security clearance required by the Government and involves a credit check plus checks against such things as UK criminal and security records and, if appropriate, those of overseas countries.

Postings to sites such as the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) will require new entrants to obtain an enhanced level of vetting, which is referred to as Developed Vetting (DV) clearance. DV checks are carried out only to the extent required to safeguard national security but will include:

The aim of UKSV is to ensure that your character, personal circumstances and integrity are such that you can be trusted with access to sensitive information or assets and that you will not be vulnerable to blackmail.

If you are not initially stationed at a site where DV clearance is required, you will still need to obtain DV clearance if at some point in your career you are posted to a site with a higher-level security clearance status.


In order to complete the recruitment process you must successfully undergo Force Vetting. This is carried out in accordance with the College of Policing Vetting Code of Practice and the Authorised Professional Practice. Force Vetting provides an additional layer of reassurance specifically tailored to the police environment. It includes open source Internet enquiries and checks of national police systems. You should ensure that if you have any current or unused social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.) that all content complies with the Police Code of Ethics.

Some applicants are not granted vetting because they do not disclose relatively minor matters or police enquiries, which may have resulted in no further action or an informal warning. You must disclose all relevant matters regardless of the outcome. A failure to disclose or advise the Recruitment Team of a change in personal circumstances, such as a new address, may result in vetting not being granted.

You may be required to attend a vetting interview with the Force Vetting Manager if considered necessary. However, this is not a common occurrence. If you are refused police vetting you may appeal against the decision.


As an MDP officer you may at some point in your career work at a United States Visiting Forces (USVF) Base, most of which are located in the East of England (mainly East Anglia). Since November 2006, access to US networked IT systems worldwide has only been available via the use of a Common Access Card (CAC) and the majority of posts at USVF Bases require officers to hold a CAC. In order to obtain a CAC, you will need to provide certain personal information and data that the USVF authorities will safeguard and retain whilst you remain employed on a USVF unit.

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