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.

About MDP

The Ministry of Defence Police, more commonly known as the MOD Police or MDP, is made up of around 2,900 police officers and 260 non-uniformed civilian staff.

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.

Located at sites across the UK, the majority of roles in the MDP are Authorised Firearms Officers, with most officers carrying firearms in the daily course of their duties.

The primary focus of MDP is armed security and the protection of critical defence sites and assets but, there is much more that they do. Including, a range of specialisms from dog handling to marine policing, from investigating crime to public order, and from community policing to protestor removal.

Although MDP is not a Home Office police force, officers work closely with their colleagues in other forces across the UK (including Police Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland). They also provide mutual aid and specialist policing support to other forces.

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Contact the MDP

General enquiries

Ministry of Defence Police Headquarters
Palmer Pavilion
RAF Wyton
PE28 2EA

Phone: 0300 790 4103 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)

Emergency and non-emergency contacts

Call the 24-hour MDP Control Centre on 0300 1232 101 or email, if you want to report crime or anything suspicious, that does not require an emergency response, in or around the sites we protect.

If you send an email, please include your name and contact details. It may take up to 48 hours for us to respond to your enquiry, dependent on the volume of incidents being handled by the Force at the time.

In an emergency, always call 999, this includes:

  • where a serious offence is in progress or has just been committed
  • someone is in immediate danger or harm
  • property is in danger of being damaged
  • a serious disruption to the public is likely

Silent 999 calls

If you’re in danger but you can’t talk on the phone, you should still call 999, then follow the instructions for calling from a mobile or landline.

Anti-terrorist hotline:

Phone: 0800 789 321

Call the UK anti-terrorist hotline, to report any threats to national security.

MOD confidential hotline

To raise concerns about fraud, damage to the environment, breaches of legal obligations or codes of conduct, contact the MOD confidential hotline.

Make a complaint

To make a complaint about the Ministry of Defence Police contact:

Make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request.
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question.
  3. Make a new request by contacting:

Please note: The Ministry of Defence Police is a specialist national armed police force responsible for protecting the nation’s defences and national infrastructure. The nature of this work means that the force does not, for example, routinely deal with missing person cases or certain types of offences or arrests, such as murder. Submission of FOI requests on these subjects will therefore usually have a nil response.

Recruitment enquiries

To find out more about joining the MDP visit: or email us at:

We aim to respond to recruitment enquiries within 10 working days.

For more information about vacancies for civilian roles visit: Civil Service Jobs.

Media enquiries

Contact MOD press office: 020 721 87907 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm or out of hours for emergencies only).

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Use of force statistics

Quarterly statistics and information about Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) use of force.

Project Servator

Talk Through magazine

Published 22 May 2014
Last updated 9 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated recruitment information.

  2. Updated contact information for MDP.

  3. 'Latest news' section updated.

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  6. Added latest news story.

  7. Added news story: 'MDP Chief Constable retires on anniversary of 38 years in policing'.

  8. 'Latest news' section updated.

  9. Added news item: National Award for MDP management of COVID-19.

  10. Addition of news story, 'Organised crime group members jailed'.

  11. Added news item 'First female MDP Deputy Chief Constable appointed'.

  12. Added latest new article: MDP marks 5 years of Project Servator.

  13. Updated information under the heading 'Contact the MDP'.

  14. Added new article under 'Latest news' heading.

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  17. New publication added to 'Latest news'.

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  19. Added article under latest news heading: Protecting Defence and keeping you safe this festive season.

  20. Updated the relocation date to RAF Wyton.

  21. Addition of: Forces News spotlight on MDP at HM Naval Base Devonport news story.

  22. Addition of 'MDP celebrates 50 years' news story.

  23. Addition of: Join our Force with a Difference news story.

  24. Addition of news story: 'Special 50th Anniversary pass out event for Ministry of Defence Police new recruits'.

  25. Added article Who are the MDP?

  26. Addition of: MDP Dog Unit awarded national accreditation.

  27. Added news item: Police probe sees disgraced ex-Major face jail threat

  28. Addition of news story 'Reflections on 50 years of the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) by Chief Constable Andy Adams'.

  29. Added section: Contact the MDP.

  30. Added new item under the 'latest news'.

  31. Added news item: International Women’s Day 2021: Choose to Challenge.

  32. Added news story: Drug dealer jailed after MOD Police Crime Command operation.

  33. Added the MDP annual business plan 2020 and corporate plan 2020 to 2025 page.

  34. Addition of: Stay vigilant and report suspicious activity news story.

  35. Added the Ministry of Defence Police (Conduct, Performance and Appeals Tribunals) Regulations 2020 page.

  36. Added: MDP Superintendent Trevor Clark awarded Queen’s Police Medal under 'Latest News' section.

  37. Added: Ministry of Defence Police Privacy Notice on collection of personal data for NHS Track and Trace and NHS Scotland Trace and Protect to 'Policy and Guidance'.

  38. Added the Ministry of Defence Police: COVID-19 response under the 'latest news' heading.

  39. Added the Ministry of Defence Police COVID-19 privacy notice.

  40. Added latest news article “Highly Commended” Government Security Team Award for MDP Project Servator.

  41. Added 'Gareth Wilson awarded Queen's Police Medal in New Year Honours' article to latest news section.

  42. Added the Ministry of Defence Police: policing plan 2019 to 2020.

  43. Added the Ministry of Defence Police statement of requirement.

  44. Added the news article MDP Deputy Chief Constable takes up post in 'latest news'.

  45. Added New T/ACC Andrea Bishop joins the Ministry of Defence Police to latest news.

  46. Added Project Servator: keeping defence safe to latest news.

  47. Added news item Project Servator: keeping Defence safe.

  48. Added Taking on the best: Ministry of Defence Police show sporting prowess.

  49. Added news article: Ministry of Defence Police ACC Paul McLaughlin retires.

  50. Added latest news article 'Aaron keeps on running'.

  51. Added Ministry of Defence Police supports National Counter Terrorism Policing and promotes use of Project Servator at Christmas news article.

  52. Added: Platinum Award for MDP’s domestic abuse work

  53. Added Ministry of Defence Police Officer and Police Dog compete in International Canine Biathlon to latest news section.

  54. Added the Ministry of Defence Police: policing plan 2018 to 2019.

  55. Added two new articles to the latest new section.

  56. Added Andy Adams appointed as the Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police new story.

  57. Added use of force statistics collection.

  58. Added use of force statistics page link.

  59. Added Pan-London launch of Project Servator news story as a latest news link.

  60. Added Project Servator: One year on to latest news list.

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  62. Added news story on 'MDP support Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) 2018 campaign'.

  63. Added news story: MDP Officer awarded MBE in New Year Honours.

  64. Added link to story - 'Officer completes World Marathon Majors'.

  65. Added Ministry of Defence Police: policing plan 2017 to 2018.

  66. Updated 'latest news' section.

  67. Added news about MOD Police Twitter launch.

  68. Added Keeping the nation safe: Ministry of Defence Police rise to the challenge.

  69. Added Policing plan for 2016 to 2017.

  70. Added MOD policing plan 2015/16.

  71. Added MOD statement on civilian personnel policy: extended special unpaid leave (ExSul) document.

  72. Added Talk Through magazine.

  73. First published.