Job description: Protect military personnel, assets and information. Prevent and detect crime, support discipline and provide security advice.
Pay after one year: £18,340
Joining age: 18 – 32
Usual service: 9 years
Open to: men or women
Similar civilian jobs:
- Police Officer
- Fraud investigator
- Crime Prevention Officer
Qualifications you need: 2 GCSE/SCEs at grade C/2 minimum or equivalent in English language and G/6 in maths. Current full UK driving licence is also required.
Qualifications you can gain: NVQ Level 2 in security, safety and loss prevention; Apprenticeship in Security Guarding.
Nationality: UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality
In the RAF Police, you will make a real difference by providing a quality, professional policing and security service to personnel who live and work on RAF Stations in the UK. You will be investigating crimes and incidents as well as enforcing the law. You will have to deal with the victims of crime and personnel in a professional manner - so you will have to be caring and empathetic at one incident, determined and assertive at the next. You will also be expected to protect personnel and vital operational equipment, both in the UK and on operations overseas, from criminal, terrorist and other threats. You will work overseas on Joint Policing Units and on Operations working alongside army brigades on the front line, mentoring, training and patrolling. At the beginning of your career, you will carry out unarmed foot and mobile patrols if employed on General Police Duties where you will be expected to use your own initiative to resolve complex, critical situations. Or, you could employed on No 3 Tactical Policing Wing (TPW) at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire, where you will be part of the spearhead for Royal Air Force Police operations throughout the world.
Personnel assigned to TPW routinely travel the world providing specialist police and security capabilities to RAF aircraft, crew, passengers and load. Due to their high level of tactical training they are routinely deployed into areas of high threat and are currently serving throughout the Middle East. RAF Police are expected to have a high level of integrity and be physically robust enough to deal with the challenge of Police duties and Operational tours of 6 months.
Specialist Police Duties
As a member of the RAF Police you could specialise in other roles:
· As a Military Working Dog Handler you can specialise on Patrol Dogs, Drug Detection Dogs, Arms & Explosive Dogs, Vehicle Search Dogs.
· Special Investigations. (CID).
· Air Transport Security.
· Counter Intelligence.
· Close Protection (Bodyguard protecting senior military officers)
· Forensic Investigator (CSI).
· Computer Forensic Investigator.
· Defence Flying Complaints Investigator.
· Security Surveyor.
Following completion of your recruit training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire, you will start a 23-week specialist training course at the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration at Southwick Park in Hampshire. Here you’ll learn the essential skills needed to do your job, including: your duties and responsibilities, criminal law, how to conduct investigations, interview techniques, driver training, arrest and restraint techniques and enhanced military skills and weapon training, plus a week of adventurous training.
Following your professional training you will be posted to your first unit where you will put into practice all the professional policing and security skills you have acquired during your training.