Ministry of Defence Police

The Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) provide a range of specialist policing capabilities at various sensitive defence sites across the UK.

The MDP is a statutory force established by the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987, which authorises the Secretary of State for Defence to establish a police force led by a Chief Constable.

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How to join the MDP

Entry requirements:

  • minimum age 18
  • good health and physically fit
  • prepared to work at any UK location
  • have lived in the UK for the last 5 years (excluding overseas service in the armed services)
  • must be willing to undergo security clearance up to the required level
  • willing to carry firearms
  • must hold a current UK manual driving licence

You can get detailed information and download an application form from the MDP recruitment website

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Talk Through magazine

  1. Talk Through magazine

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Published 22 May 2014
Last updated 2 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added news story: MDP Officer awarded MBE in New Year Honours.
  2. Added link to story - 'Officer completes World Marathon Majors'.
  3. Added Ministry of Defence Police: policing plan 2017 to 2018.
  4. Updated 'latest news' section.
  5. Added news about MOD Police Twitter launch.
  6. Added Keeping the nation safe: Ministry of Defence Police rise to the challenge.
  7. Added Policing plan for 2016 to 2017.
  8. Added MOD policing plan 2015/16.
  9. Added MOD statement on civilian personnel policy: extended special unpaid leave (ExSul) document.
  10. Added Talk Through magazine.
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