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.
Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
The next step is specialist trade training – the Royal Air Force Police Initial Course (RAFPIC), lasts for 23 weeks and is delivered at the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCLPA) located at MOD Southwick Park, Hampshire. The course teaches the students general policing duties, including Investigations, reporting and recording of Service and Civilian offences, Arrest procedures and Police Interviews. Additionally the RAFPIC also trains Airmen in the basic principles of Security including, Security Risk Management, Personnel Security, Physical Security, Counter Terrorist measures and Information Security. Students are also trained in Operational Policing and Security, mirroring what is expected of the RAF Police on Operations.
If you have volunteered for dog-handling duties, you will have a further 7 weeks of training where you will team up with an RAF Police dog. This training will take place at the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray.
During your specialist training course, you will be enrolled on an Apprenticeship. Once you finish the course, and have gained some practical work experience, you will be awarded a Professional Technical Certificate and an NVQ Level 2 in Security, Safety and Loss Prevention. At the end of the course, you will receive your first assignment.
Your first tour
For your first tour, you will carry out general policing duties either at a RAF unit, a Joint Police Unit, as a dog handler or be employed on the Tactical Police Sqn. Police work can be physically demanding and you will have to be prepared to conduct shift work and in all weather conditions.
As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. You will have opportunities to attend many different courses in areas such as counter-intelligence, criminal investigation, close protection, covert operations and protective security, as well as management and leadership training. If you volunteer as a dog handler, you may be selected to work with specialist search dogs.