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RAF Police

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The facts

Job description

You'll protect our people from criminal and terrorist threats, patrol our bases and carry out investigations.



Pay after training


Joining age

18 - 32

Similar civilian jobs

  • Police Officer
  • Fraud investigator
  • Crime Prevention Officer

Usual service

9 years


UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality

Open to

male or female

Qualifications you need

2 GCSE/SCEs at grade C/2 minimum or equivalent in English language and G/6 in maths. Current full driving licence is also required.

Qualifications you can gain

 NVQ Level 2 in security, safety and loss prevention; Apprenticeship in Security Guarding.


Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the five years immediately preceding your application.

The job

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.

I do this job

RAF Police

Ian Robinson
RAF Police

‘You're never short of people around you to socialise with.’

My role

‘In the RAF Police, we carry out regular police work such as arrest procedures and interviews when crimes have been committed.

‘We also have a small number of computer security specialists on every unit, who deal with viruses and tampering. And we’re responsible for upholding RAF behavioural standards.’

My day

‘I work a 12-hour shift, starting at 6.30 in the morning. The exciting thing is that I never know what I’m going to be doing day to day. It could be a drink driving case or assault or criminal damage – I don’t know until the phone starts ringing.’

My experiences

‘I went to Macedonia for six months in 2004 to work for the international military police as part of NATO. There were Polish, Greek, Romanian and Italian police colleagues all working together on one shift. It was a fantastic experience.’

My life

‘My wife has supported me in the RAF because she’s enjoyed moving to new places and meeting new people too. We both come from a small market town in Herefordshire and we’d never have had those experiences otherwise.’


Recruit training

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.

Specialist Training

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 Policing and Guarding (DCPG) 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.

Ongoing development

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.

Your future

Career prospects

You will initially join the RAF for a period of nine years.

Once you have successfully completed the specialist RAF Police training, you will be promoted to the rank of acting Corporal. Further promotion to full Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection.

Transferable skills

The NVQ and specialist skills you can gain during your service are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find another career, for example:

• Police officer
• Security officer
• Crime prevention officer 
• Fraud investigator

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