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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Use of force statistics

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

  1. Ministry of Defence Police: use of force statistics

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  1. Talk Through magazine


Published 22 May 2014
Last updated 13 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added latest news article 'Aaron keeps on running'.
  2. Added Ministry of Defence Police supports National Counter Terrorism Policing and promotes use of Project Servator at Christmas news article.
  3. Added: Platinum Award for MDP’s domestic abuse work
  4. Added Ministry of Defence Police Officer and Police Dog compete in International Canine Biathlon to latest news section.
  5. Added the Ministry of Defence Police: policing plan 2018 to 2019.
  6. Added two new articles to the latest new section.
  7. Added Andy Adams appointed as the Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police new story.
  8. Added use of force statistics collection.
  9. Added use of force statistics page link.
  10. Added Pan-London launch of Project Servator news story as a latest news link.
  11. Added Project Servator: One year on to latest news list.
  12. Added project servator.
  13. Added news story on 'MDP support Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) 2018 campaign'.
  14. Added news story: MDP Officer awarded MBE in New Year Honours.
  15. Added link to story - 'Officer completes World Marathon Majors'.
  16. Added Ministry of Defence Police: policing plan 2017 to 2018.
  17. Updated 'latest news' section.
  18. Added news about MOD Police Twitter launch.
  19. Added Keeping the nation safe: Ministry of Defence Police rise to the challenge.
  20. Added Policing plan for 2016 to 2017.
  21. Added MOD policing plan 2015/16.
  22. Added MOD statement on civilian personnel policy: extended special unpaid leave (ExSul) document.
  23. Added Talk Through magazine.
  24. First published.