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Are you eligible?
Before you proceed with your application, please check that you meet all the following criteria to
ensure that you are eligible to apply to become a police constable.
You must be 18 years of age or over at the time of applying.
All applications will be subject to robust medical/security and vetting processes.
Candidates are advised that at some locations/establishments an enhanced level of vetting
is required which may result in applications being sifted out if they do not meet the required
British Nationality/Residency status. To this end, you must have resided continuously in the
UK for a minimum five-year period immediately prior to your application to join as a new
Police Constable with MDP (with any absence from the UK being no more than six months
in total during this time see Note 3). The qualifying UK residency period may be
extended to 10 years for certain sensitive postings. If you have resided abroad due to
serving in the British Armed Forces or on UK Government Service, you are considered to
have been resident in the UK. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be asked to
provide further information for both Police Vetting and National Security Vetting
purposes. To be appointed, both aspects of Vetting must be satisfactorily completed.
Having a previous criminal conviction/s or caution/s, is not an automatic bar to joining the
MDP. You must disclose all convictions/cautions however minor when completing your
application form. We will judge each case on its merits (parking infringements are
excluded).
The MDP applies a tattoo and piercings policy. All tattoos are assessed individually. You
must not have tattoos on your face unless they are as a result of cosmetic surgery or a
medical procedure. You must not have any other tattoos which could cause offence to
members of the public or colleagues, indicate alignment with any political party or extremist
group or be considered discriminatory, racist, sexist, sectarian, homophobic, violent,
intimidating or offensive. Tattoos will be assessed against size/prominence/visual impact
and whether they undermine the office of Police Constable. Flesh tunnels/plugs or ear
stretchers, that when removed leave a hole greater than 4mm, provide a significant health
and safety risk and therefore will lead to automatic rejection.
You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, have outstanding County
Court Judgments against you or, be subject to a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement
(IVA) in England and Wales. The same criteria is applicable for equivalencies in Scotland.
You must have a level 2 qualification in English Language and Mathematics at grade
C/level 4 or equivalent (for example Functional Skills Level 2 in these subject areas).
Copies of relevant qualification certificates must be enclosed with the application form.
Qualifications in different subjects are not acceptable irrespective of the level achieved.
There is currently no requirement for new entrants to have previously attained the
Certificate of Knowledge in Policing.
You need to hold a full UK manual car driving licence with no more than 6 penalty points.
You will need to be physically fit and you will need to pass the job-related fitness test
(currently comprising of a bleep test to level 7.6). If you receive a conditional offer of
employment or, are placed into a pool of successful candidates to whom it is intended a
conditional offer will be made when a position arises, you will undergo a medical screening.
You will also need to meet the minimum eyesight standards for corrected (glasses or
contact lenses) and uncorrected vision. More information on the health and fitness
standards are available on the website - www.mod.police.uk
If you are still uncertain as to your eligibility or have any questions, please contact us.
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Police Constable - New Recruit
It is essential that you read all the guidance notes (see page 20). This form must be printed and
handwritten in black ink using block capitals. Use continuation pages only where allowed and clearly
mark which questions they refer to. Put your full name at the top of each continuation sheet. Sections that do
not apply to you should be clearly marked N/A.
DATA PROTECTION ACT (DPA) 2018/GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR) 2018 -
The information you provide in this application form will be entered in to a manual filing system and onto a
computerised recruitment system and as such is covered by the rules set out by the DPA 2018/GDPR 2018.
The data will be used to assess your suitability to join the police service and may be shared by other police-
related organisations in the United Kingdom in respect of any recruitment applications you make. The
information you provide may also be shared with other police-related organisations for monitoring purposes.
Your information will only be held in an identifiable form for as-long as is necessary and in accordance with
our retention schedule. You have certain rights under the DPA/GDPR and associated data protection laws
regarding your personal data; this includes the right to access data held about yourself, to ensure it is
accurate and to ask for it to be deleted or no longer processed. You also have the right to complain if you are
not happy about any aspect of the processing of your data. More information is available in the Information
Charter on our GOV.UK page.
Section 1 About you
Personal Details BLOCK CAPITALS PLEASE (see Note 1)
Family name (e.g. surname):
Surname at birth/previous surnames/maiden name
(if different):
Forename(s):
Title (e.g. Mr, Ms, Mrs, Miss, Dr):
Date of birth:
Age:
Town and country of birth:
Current address:
Postcode:
Date of start of occupancy (month/year):
Email address [please print clearly]:
Telephone numbers
(including area code):
Home:
Mobile:
For office use only: Candidate URN
Date Received:
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National Insurance number:
Please provide your full UK manual driving licence number and category below (see Note 1 about
providing proof of driving record):
Disability (see Note 2)
The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination, victimisation or harassment in employment, including
recruitment. The police service welcomes those with any disability to apply.
Do you consider yourself to be disabled (see note 2 for definition) or have a
neurodiversity, such as dyslexia, that you wish us to know about at this stage?
YES
NO
In support of your application, please let us know whether there are any reasonable adjustments that you
feel need to be considered to assist you with the application or recruitment process. To be considered for
an adjustment, you must send a copy of a psychologist report undertaken as an adult (16+) with your
application.
Nationality (see Note 3)
What is your nationality?
If you are a Commonwealth citizen or other foreign national, is your stay in the
UK free of restrictions?
YES
NO
If you are a Commonwealth citizen or other foreign national, you must include
a copy of your passport showing that your stay in the UK is free of
restrictions.
Photocopy of passport enclosed?
YES
NO
Residency (see Note 3)
You must have resided continuously in the UK for a minimum five-year period immediately prior to your
application to join as a new Police Constable with MDP (with any absence from the UK being no more
than six months in total during this time). The qualifying UK residency period may be extended to 10
years for certain sensitive postings. If you have resided abroad due to serving in the British Armed
Forces or on UK Government Service, you are considered to have been resident in the UK.
Have you resided continuously in the UK for a minimum five-year period
immediately prior to this application to join the MDP? If ‘NO’ we cannot
consider an application from you.
YES
NO
Have you resided continuously in the UK for a minimum ten-year period
immediately prior to this application to join the MDP? IfNO’ please provide
details below.
YES
NO
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Section 2 About your education and skills
Your education (see Note 4)
Please give details of schools, colleges, university or other educational institutions attended since the age of
14. Start with the most recent and work backwards. Continue on separate sheet if necessary and attach it
to this page.
Name and address of school/college/university
(include the postcode and telephone number, if known)
Attendance from/to
Full/part-time
Your qualifications and training
To be eligible to apply you must have a level 2 qualification in English Language and Mathematics at grade
C/level 4 or equivalent (i.e. Functional Skills Level 2,GCSE or SQA National 5). Copies of these relevant
qualification certificates must be enclosed with the application form. You DO NOT need to include proof of
qualifications other than those in Mathematics and English Language, however please list all your
qualifications including vocational/professional qualifications, short courses and relevant in-house training.
Include details of examinations/qualifications due to be taken. Start with the most recent. Continue on a
separate sheet if necessary.
Examination type and subject (e.g. GCSE English)
Date passed/due to be taken
Grade (e.g. level,
Merit, 2:1, A*)
Skills
Please tell us about any other skills you have, such as driving or language skills and any voluntary or
community activities you have been involved with.
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Section 3 About your employment
We will contact your current and past employers, from the last 10 years, for references. Please provide
details of whom we should approach. You MUST also account for any gaps in employment.
Present or most recent employment (see Note 5)
Employer’s name and address
Telephone number
Email address
Postcode
Position held
Date started
Date left/notice period
Reason for leaving
May we contact this employer now?
YES
NO
Previous employment (see Note 5)
Start with the most recent. Continue separate sheet if necessary and attach it to this page.
Employer’s name and address
Telephone number
Email address
Postcode
Position held
Date started
Date left
Reason for leaving
Employer’s name and address
Telephone number
Email address
Postcode
Position held
Date started
Date left
Reason for leaving
Employer’s name and address
Telephone number
Email address
Postcode
Position held
Date started
Date left
Reason for leaving
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Have you ever been dismissed from previous employment because of your conduct or capability? If so,
please give details.
HM Forces (see Note 5)
I have served/am serving in the:
Royal Navy / Merchant Navy / Royal Air Force / Royal Marines / Army / Territorial Army
(tick as appropriate)
Other, please state:
Service number
Rank/Rating
Commanding Officer
Unit and unit address
Postcode
Telephone
Served from/to
Email address
Expected date of
discharge
Reason for discharge
Are you liable for further service as a
Reservist?
YES NO
If YES, please give details of Reserve liabilities.
Previous applications to, or service with, a police force
a) Please give details of any previous service in any police force in the UK, for example, as Police
Officer, Special Constable, Police Community Support Officer, volunteer, support staff or cadet.
Dates of service
from/to(month/year)
Name of force/
Warrant No
Position held
Reason for leaving
b) Other than at (a), please give details of any previous or current applications to any police force in the
UK, e.g., for a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer, Special Constable or support staff.
Month/year of application
Name of force
Position applied for
Result and details
c) Have you ever been dismissed from previous employment with a police force because of your conduct
or capability or are you subject to current investigation/disciplinary procedures? If so, please give details.
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Section 4 Other information about you
Criminal Histories (please use continuation sheet if required)
Convictions or cautions will not necessarily preclude you from appointment. It will depend on their nature
and the circumstances of the offence.
Failure to disclose convictions or cautions will, however, result in your application being refused.
You must declare all convictions for any past offences, formal cautions by the police (including cautions as
a juvenile, i.e. under 18 years) and any bind-overs imposed by any court. You should include traffic
convictions such as speeding, drink-drive offences, fixed penalties for motoring or disorder offences, anti-
social behaviour orders and any appearances before a court martial.
You must also declare any charge or summons currently outstanding against you.
You must include spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (by virtue of the
provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975) or any involvement with
civil, military or transport police.
You must also declare if you have ever been involved in any criminal investigation, whether this led to
prosecution (either of yourself or others) or not.
Some applicants do not declare information which they believe is no longer held on record. However, our
enquiries will reveal incidents from long ago and failure to disclose these will lead to your application being
rejected. If you have any doubts, include the details and let us decide if they are relevant.
We will also want to know whether any of your close family or associates are involved in criminal
activity and we will therefore search for any criminal convictions or cautions recorded against them.
You must advise them that these enquiries will be made.
The police service cannot disclose the results of these enquiries to you.
Have you ever been convicted for any offence or been formally cautioned by
the police for any offence or any bind-overs imposed by any court? (You must
include traffic convictions, fixed penalties for motoring or disorder offences, anti-
social behaviour orders and any appearances before a court martial. Any
cautions as a juvenile should also be included.) If you have answered YES,
please enter full details below.
YES
NO
Date
(most recent
first)
Offence/alleged offence
Result
(if known)
Court/police station involved
Do you have any impending prosecutions?
YES
NO
If YES, provide full details
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Criminal histories (continued)
Have you ever been involved in a criminal investigation (whether this led to
any prosecution or not)?
YES
NO
If YES, please give details below
Have you ever been associated with criminals?
YES
NO
If YES, please give details below
Tattoos & Piercings (see Note 6)
Inappropriate tattoos and/or facial piercings will preclude you from becoming a
Ministry of Defence Police officer.
Do you have any tattoos?
If YES, please complete the sections below
YES
NO
Where are your tattoos located? (please indicate in the table below)
Forearms
Neck
Hands
Other (please
specify)
For all tattoos, except those where the location is of an intimate nature, you must include at least two
colour photographs of each, with a visible measure for scale. The first photograph must be a close-up of
the tattoo. The second photograph must clearly show the location of the tattoo on your body.
a) Please describe the tattoo and the wording of the tattoo.
b) In addition, please describe any personal significance or meaning you attribute to each declared tattoo,
and where applicable enclose an official translation with the application. Translations must be from a
reputable and qualified company/individual.
Membership of groups incompatible with police service (see Note 7)
Are you a member of the British National Party, English Defence League, the
National Front or a similar group?
YES
NO
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Business interests (see Note 8)
Do you currently have any job or business interests which you intend to
continue should you become a police officer? This includes any role that
involves financial gain e.g. property rental.
YES
NO
If YES, please state the nature of this job or business and, the extent of your involvement (e.g. activity
involved, non-executive director) including hours spent on it.
Do you or your spouse or partner or any relative own or run a shop or business
which requires a licence (e.g. liquor, gaming, refreshment house or
entertainment)?
YES
NO
If YES, please give details below.
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Financial position (see Note 9)
Unless otherwise stated, complete these questions in respect of the last six years. If YES, you must provide
full details (including dates). Failure to disclose accurate information may result in your application being
rejected.
YES
NO
Details (including dates)
Have you had a loan arrangement
terminated by a bank/building
society/finance house/other?
Have you had a credit/charge/store or
cheque card withdrawn or, been notified
that a card or account has been
defaulted?
Are you in arrears with any existing
loan/mortgage/hire purchase agreement?
Have you ever been registered as
bankrupt?
If YES, have your bankruptcy debts been
discharged? *
Have you had any court action taken
against you for any debt?
Have you been party to an Individual
Voluntary Agreement (IVA), Trust Deed,
Debt Referral Order (DRO), Debt
Management Programme or a voluntary
agreement registered with the County
Court or, a Sheriffs Court or Court of
Session Judgement, in Scotland?
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Financial position (continued)
YES
NO
Details (including dates)
Has a County Court Judgment or Sheriffs
Court or Court of Session Judgement, in
Scotland, been made against you on
financial matters?
If YES, has this been satisfied? *
Have you been the subject of an
attachment of earnings order?
Have you had repossession proceedings
commenced against you?
Have you consolidated all your debts with
one lender?
*If applicable, please provide a Certificate of Satisfaction. This will be required before your
application can be processed.
Please state below if there is any further information relating to your financial position that you should
bring to our attention.
Referees (see Note 10)
Please give names and addresses of two referees who you have known for at least three years. These
should not be employers, as we will already be contacting them. They should also not be police officers or
related to you.
Referee 1
Referee 2
Name
Name
Address
Address
Postcode
Postcode
How do you know this person?
How do you know this person?
Telephone number
Telephone number
Email address
Email address
May we contact this referee now?
YES NO
May we contact this referee now?
YES NO
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Section 5 Why you want to become a police officer
Questions 1-6 below should be completed by all applicants. We want to know about your
motivations to be a police officer. We want to know your expectations of police work and what
preparation you have undertaken before applying. These questions are important, and you may
not progress to the next stage if you do not answer these questions fully.
Q1 Why do you want to become a police officer?
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Q2 Why have you applied to the Ministry of Defence Police rather than another force?
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Q3 What tasks do you expect to be undertaking as a police officer?
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Q4 What effect do you expect being a police officer to have on your social and domestic life?
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Q5 What preparation have you undertaken before making this application to ensure that you know
what to expect and that you are prepared for the role of a police officer?
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Q6 If you have previously applied to be a police officer, Special Constable or Police Community
Support Officer (PCSO), what have you done since your last application to better prepare yourself
for the role of a police officer?
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Section 6 Declaration
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I declare that all the statements I have made in this application are true to the best of my knowledge and
belief and, that no relevant information has been withheld.
Please tick the boxes to indicate your understanding and agreement.
I understand that:
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I must inform the Resourcing Team
without delay of any change in my
circumstances.
Any offer of appointment will be subject
to satisfactory references, vetting, a
medical examination, drugs testing,
continued good conduct and
maintenance of fitness. I consent to
references being sought and my
personal information being processed.
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Criminal conviction checks will be made
against myself and my family members
and, I must inform them of this.
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A conditional offer of appointment may
be subject to fingerprints and a DNA
sample being taken and, checked
against the relevant databases.
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Financial checks will be undertaken to
verify my financial status and all such
information will be treated in confidence. I
consent to these checks being made.
If I am appointed my fingerprints and a
sample of my DNA may be held on
record for elimination purposes.
Where applicable, formal disclosure of my
Service Character Assessment within the
Armed Forces will be sought, and I
consent to the provision of this.
No member of groups such as the British
National Party (BNP), English Defence
League (EDL) or other similar
membership groups, whose aims,
objectives or pronouncements may
contradict the duty to promote race
equality, can join the police service.
Successful candidates must serve
wherever required to do so within the
Force area.
The information I have provided will be
held on manual filing and computer
systems as part of the recruitment
process. I understand that this information
may be shared with other police forces.
The Chief Officer retains the right to reject
any application without giving reasons.
A member of a police force who has
deliberately made any false statement or
omitted information in connection with
their appointment may subsequently be
liable to misconduct proceedings.
Signature
Date
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Equal Opportunities
The police service is proud to be an equal opportunities organisation. We believe that every member of our policing
community deserves to work in a fair and inclusive environment. We are determined to ensure that:
Our workforce reflects the diverse society which it serves, and that the working environment is free from any form of
discrimination, victimisation or harassment;
No job applicant or employee is treated more or less favourably on the grounds of age, disability, ethnicity, gender
reassignment, marriage, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or religion or belief.
You can help us achieve this by sharing information about you. Completion of this section of the form is voluntary, but
with your help, we can build data that accurately reflects recruitment diversity and shapes the future planning of our
diversity, equality and inclusion work. The information supplied will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not
affect your job application in any way.
Completion of this section of the application form is voluntary but, the information will help us to ensure
equality of opportunity. This information forms no part of the recruitment process. It will be detached from your
application upon receipt and processed in accordance with the DPA 2018/GDPR 2018. Your information will be
used to form organisational statistics and reports; these will not personally identify you or any other individual.
Age
1825
2649
50+
Sex
Male
Female
Intersex
Other (please state below)
Prefer not to
say
Gender
Identity
Male
Female
Prefer to self-
describe
Please state Sex/Gender
Identity if other:
Prefer not to
say
Is your gender identity the same as the sex you were
assigned at birth?
Yes
No
Do you consider yourself to have a *Disability?
Yes
No
* Under the Equality Act 2010 a person is defined as disabled if they have (or have recovered from) a physical or mental impairment
and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Cancer, HIV infection and multiple sclerosis are all conditions that are defined under the Equality Act 2010.
Ethnic origin
White
British
Black or Black
British
African
Irish
Caribbean
Any other White background
Any other Black
background
Mixed
White & Asian
Chinese or other
ethnic group
Chinese
White & Black African
Any other (please state)
White & Black Caribbean
Any other Mixed background
Asian or Asian
British
Bangladeshi
Prefer not to say
Indian
Pakistani
Any other Asian background
Sexual orientation
Bisexual
Gay/Lesbian
Heterosexual
Prefer to self-describe (please state)
Non-binary
Prefer not to say
Religious belief/faith
Buddhist
Christian
Hindu
Jewish
Muslim
Sikh
Prefer not to say
None
Other (please state)
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Marketing form
To enable us to monitor our public relations and marketing activity, please indicate what prompted you
to apply to join the police service. The completion of this form is voluntary (Tick any that apply).
Website (please state site)
Social Media (Twitter, Facebook etc.)
Police officer or police service employee
Friend/family/other word of mouth
Careers office/school/college/library
Jobcentre Plus (please state which)
At local event (please state venue)
In local press (please state publication)
In national press (please state publication)
On television (please state channel)
At the cinema (please state venue)
On a recruitment poster (please state where, e.g.
on bus)
Other (please specify)
Please give details of any other media, interviews or articles which prompted your application.
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Checklist
1) Read through your completed application form carefully.
Ensure that it is clearly presented and that you
have answered all the questions, marking them not
applicable (N/A) where appropriate.
Failure to provide accurate and complete
information may result in your application being
delayed or rejected.
If after reading through the recruitment material
you have any remaining questions, please feel
free to contact the Resourcing Team via the
website. Remember to make a photocopy of
your completed application form for your future
reference.
2) Before returning your application form please check that you have done the following:
Have you included a telephone number and email address on which you can be contacted?
Have you enclosed x2 passport style photographs of yourself?
Have you enclosed a copy of your photo card driving licence and evidence of your driving record
summary from DVLA? Or, have you enclosed a copy of your paper counterpart licence, if you are
applying from Northern Ireland?
If you are a Commonwealth citizen or other foreign national, have you included a photocopy of your
passport with evidence that your stay in the UK is not subject to restrictions?
If applicable, if you reach the assessment stage and would be seeking reasonable adjustments for
any learning difficulty, have you enclosed a psychologist report undertaken as an adult (16+)?
Have you enclosed copies of your education certificates for Level 2 qualifications in English
Language and Mathematics only (GCSE grade C/level 4 or equivalent)? (Section 2 Education)
If applicable, have you enclosed photographs of your tattoos (excluding those where the location is
of an intimate nature), provided a description of each and an official translation where applicable?
If applicable, have you enclosed a Certificate of Satisfaction (Section 4 ‘Financial Position’)?
Have you signed the declaration in Section 6?
Have you completed and enclosed the Equal Opportunities Form and the Marketing Form?
The completed application form and all enclosures should be sent to:
MDP Resourcing Team, Room 30, Building 1071, MDP HQ Wethersfield, Braintree,
Essex CM7 4AZ
Please ensure you have paid the correct postage as failure to do so can delay your
application. We recommend you consider sending your application by recorded delivery.
Applications that have not been completed correctly and/or are not
accompanied by the requested documents/photos, where applicable, will
not be processed.
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Guidance notes for the completion of this
application form
Your application will tell us what we need to know to determine whether you
go through to the next stage of our selection procedure.
You should read these notes carefully before you complete the form.
You might also find it helpful to retain a copy of your completed application to refer to later.
Applications that are not accompanied by the requested documents/photos, where applicable, will
not be processed.
Note 1: Personal Details
General
Applicants for the police service must undergo thorough screening. Please list all names by which
you have been known, including your name at birth.
National Insurance Number
Your application will not be processed without a National Insurance number.
Driving Licence
MDP require you to hold a full UK manual driving licence with no more than six penalty points at
the point of application. You must provide your licence number. Those without a licence are
ineligible to apply.
Since 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photo card driving licence is not valid and it is no
longer issued by the DVLA, except for drivers in Northern Ireland. MDP require you to provide
evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points); you can do this online, free of
charge, at the following site:
https://www.viewdrivingrecord.service.gov.uk/driving-record/licence-number
o You can then enter the following information:
Driving Licence Number
NI Number
Postcode
o Hit ‘View now’then print (3 tabs)
o ‘Your details’
o ‘Vehicles you can drive’ and
o ‘Penalties and Disqualification’ pages
Print your licence information and submit the printed pages containing the above information, and
a copy of your photo card licence with your application form.
Applicants from Northern Ireland, where paper counterpart driving licences continue to be issued,
must include a copy of their paper counterpart licence with their application.
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Note 2: Health, Fitness, Eyesight and Disability
Applicants must be in good health, of sound constitution and able both physically and mentally to
perform the duties of a police officer once appointed.
Successful applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment or, who are placed in a pool
of successful candidates to whom we intend to make a conditional offer when a position arises, will
then be asked prior to appointment to fill in a medical questionnaire and undertake a medical
examination which will also include an eyesight test.
Failure to meet the medical and eyesight standards will mean you cannot be appointed.
You will also be required to pass a physical fitness test.
Information about the medical and eyesight standards, the fitness test and fitness training can be
found on our recruitment website.
The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination, victimisation or harassment in employment,
including recruitment. If you have a disability, we will make adjustments where it is
reasonable to do so. Please provide any additional information about your disability and
details of any reasonable adjustments that you think you may need to undertake the
assessment process.
For reasonable adjustments to be considered for a specific learning difficulty, you are
required to provide a psychologist report undertaken as an adult [i.e. 16 or over] with your
application.
Disability is defined as ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-
term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Note 3: Nationality
All applications will be subject to robust medical/security/vetting processes. Candidates are
advised that at some locations/establishments an enhanced level of vetting is required which may
result in applications being sifted out, if they do not meet the required British Nationality/Residency
status.
You must have resided continuously in the UK for a minimum five-year period immediately prior to
your application to join as a new Police Constable with MDP (with any absence from the UK being
no more than six months in total during this time). The qualifying UK residency period may be
extended to 10 years for certain sensitive postings. If you have resided abroad due to serving in
the British Armed Forces or on UK Government Service, you are considered to have been resident
in the UK.
This means that if you have, for example, worked, travelled or studied etc. outside the UK for more
than 6 months in total during the last 5 years, unless it was in UK Government Service, you
cannot join the MDP. For certain sensitive postings, this is extended to 10 years.
Do not send your actual passport with this application.
Other documentary evidence of your status may be required.
Note: All candidates will be required to produce their passports when attending an Assessment
Centre.
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Note 4: Education and Skills
Applicants must have passed GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at Grade C/Level 4 or
above, or equivalents (such as SVA National 5, Functional Skills Level 2). Copies of your English
Language and Mathematics qualification certificates must be enclosed with the application form.
Failure to enclose the certificates will result in your application being rejected. Equivalent
qualifications must be in English Language/Mathematics, irrespective of whether you have
qualifications in other subjects at a higher level. Candidates will have to bring their original
certificates with them to an assessment centre if invited.
Note 5: Employment
You must provide details of employment covering at least the last ten years. Include full-time and
part-time work and answer the questions in each of the columns.
We will not make enquiries with your current employer unless you are recommended for
appointment or, unless you have agreed to let us approach them now.
You must account for any gaps in employment and provide details of someone who can verify this.
HM Forces
Applications from members of the services who have 12 months or more before discharge may still
be accepted, at the discretion of the Chief Officer. Please enclose confirmation of your projected
date of discharge (e.g. a letter from your Commanding Officer).
Due to the nature of employment with HM Forces, it must be emphasised that security checks will
be made with the appropriate military authority at an early stage in the selection process. This is in
addition to your current employer’s reference, if different.
It is at the discretion of the Chief Officer as to whether successful applicants can remain on the
Reserve List.
Note 6: Tattoos and Piercings
Tattoos are not a bar to appointment. However, some tattoos could potentially offend members of
the public or colleagues or, could bring discredit to the police service. It depends on their size,
nature, location and prominence.
If you have tattoos on your face that are not a result of cosmetic surgery or a medical procedure
this will preclude you from becoming a Ministry of Defence Police Constable.
For all tattoos, except those where the location is of an intimate nature, you must provide at least
two photographs of each with a visible measure for scale. The first photograph must be a close-up
of the tattoo and the second must clearly show the location of the tattoo on your body.
Please ensure that you describe the tattoo and the wording, providing an official translation from a
suitably qualified person/translator if non-English words and symbols are present. Describe any
personal significance or meaning that you attribute to the tattoo.
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Tattoos are not acceptable if they:
Undermine the dignity and authority of the office of Police Constable;
Could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues and/or invite provocation;
Are potentially offensive, numerous or particularly prominent;
Indicate unacceptable attitudes towards women, minority groups or any other section of the
community;
Indicate alignment with a group that could give offence to members of the public or
colleagues; and/or
Are considered to be discriminatory, racist, sexist, sectarian, homophobic, violent or
intimidating.
Facial piercings are not permitted because they are considered to undermine the dignity and
authority of a police officer. There are also implications for an officer’s safety. Applicants must not
have flesh tunnels/plugs or ear stretchers etc. When removed, they must not leave a hole greater
than 4mm as this provides a significant health and safety risk. Applicants must seek advice from
the Resourcing Team if they believe that they may be unable to comply with these requirements.
All applicants must also inform the Resourcing Team if at any stage of their application they
acquire any further tattoos, piercings or any other body art, or are considering doing so, as their
suitability may be affected.
Note 7: Membership of Groups Incompatible with Police Service
The Police Service has a policy of prohibiting any of their officers, civilian staff or volunteers from
becoming members of groups such as the British National Party (BNP), English Defence League
(EDL), Combat 18, National Front etc., whose aims, objectives or pronouncements may contradict
the duty to promote race equality.
If you are a member of the BNP, or a similar group, your application will be rejected.
Note 8: Business Interests
Unless the Chief Officer decides otherwise, you will not normally be eligible for appointment as a
police officer if you have any of the following business interests:
You hold any office or employment for hire or gain (other than as a police officer) or you
carry on any business.
You, your spouse or partner, or any relative living with you, hold or have a financial interest
in any licence or permit relating to liquor licensing, refreshment houses, betting and
gaming or the regulation of places of entertainment.
However, the Chief Officer may decide to allow the business interest, if he/she thinks it is
compatible with being a member of the Force.
Note 9: Financial Position
Police officers are in a privileged position with regards to access to information and could be
considered potentially vulnerable to corruption. Applicants to the police service should not
therefore, be under pressure from undischarged debts or liabilities and should be able to manage
loans and debts sensibly.
Police Regulations also state that a member of a police force shall not wilfully refuse or neglect to
discharge any lawful debt. Your application will therefore be checked to determine and verify your
financial position.
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Most applicants have debts, such as mortgages, undischarged student or other loans, and
credit/store card debts. Debts which are within your means and are manageable are not a bar to
appointment.
Applicants who have existing County Court Judgments outstanding against them or, who
have been registered as bankrupt and their bankruptcy debts have not been discharged will
not be considered.
Applicants who have discharged County Court Judgments may be considered.
Applicants who have been registered as bankrupt and, their bankruptcy debts have been
discharged will only be considered after three years from discharge of the debt.
Applicants who are the subject of a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), Debt
Referral Order (DRO), Debt Management Programme or a Voluntary agreement registered
with the County Court, or Scottish equivalents, may not be considered.
Note 10: Referees
Give the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two referees and include the position they
hold, if known.
They should not:
be your current or previous employer,
be a police officer; or
be related to you
You should have known them for at least three years.
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A final word
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What can hold up the process?
Your application and assessment can be completed within six - twelve months dependent on
individual circumstances, number of candidates in the system and the numbers we require to
be recruited each year. However, these are some of the more common reasons that can
cause delays:
Failure to complete all parts of the application form or, to include copies of all the
documents requested or, to sign the declaration. Incomplete applications will not be
processed, and you will be informed by email that your application has been rejected.
Incomplete application forms will be shredded, so it is in your interest to get it right first
time.
Failure to ensure the correct postage is paid when sending in your application. You may
wish to send it recorded delivery to ensure it gets to us.
Failure to advise the Resourcing Team of changes to contact details, including email
address and telephone numbers to ensure we can contact you when needed.
Failure to properly train for the fitness test and, pass it first time. Don’t let this happen see
our Job-Related Fitness Test guidance, available at www.mod.police.uk, for further
information.
A medical query raised by the Force Occupational Health Provider. This may require
reference to your doctor and, your consent will need to be obtained before your doctor is
approached. See our Medical Standards guidance, available at www.mod.police.uk, for
further information.
Difficulties in obtaining security clearance (for example, if you have been living abroad) and
delays in obtaining references from referees.
Correspondence from us ending up in candidatesjunk email folders. Please add
dbs-mdprecruitmentenquiries@mod.gov.uk as a favourite/trusted contact to avoid this.
Your cooperation can help to avoid delays.
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