Force protection RAF Police CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As a member of the RAF Police, you will conduct criminal and security investigations. As specialists in Aviation Security, Counter Intelligence, Protective Security, Law Enforcement, Military Working Dogs, Information and Cyber Security, the RAF Police plays a critical role enabling airpower operations globally.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £17,000+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: £37.12 + Benefits

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17.5 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grade at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language
  • Have a GCSE at Grade G/1-3 or SCE Standard Grade at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in Maths
  • Have a Full UK driving licence
  • You must be a UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Analysis and maths

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grade at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language
  • GCSE at Grade G/1-3 or SCE Standard Grade at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in Maths
  • Have a Full UK driving licence
  • Commit 27 days per year
  • Meet the fitness and health criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Analysis and maths

Locations

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Security Activities, including Cyber and Information security, Counter-Intelligence, Security Risk Management and Airport Security
  • Operational threat assessments and advice
  • Personnel security such as security education, vetting and screening
  • Investigations including Digital Forensics, Crime Scene Examination, Criminal Intelligence, Child Support and Domestic Violence Support, and Surveillance
  • RAF Police Dog handling duties including Protection Dogs and Detection Dogs

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course 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

RAF Police Initial Course lasts for 25 weeks and is delivered at the Defence School of Policing and Guarding, MOD Southwick Park, Hampshire. The course covers Law Enforcement duties including investigations, reporting and recording of Service and civilian offences, arrest procedures and police interviews. You will also be trained in the basic principles of security including: Personnel Security, Protective Security, Information Assurance, Security Risk Management, Counter Terrorism and Aviation Security. If you are selected for dog-handling duties, a further 2 weeks of training will follow, where you will be taught to work with and care for a RAF Police dog. 

Students will also be trained in the basic principles of Security including: Personnel Security, Protective Security, Information Security, Security Risk Management, Counter-Terrorism and Aviation Security.

If you are selected for dog-handling duties, you will have a further 2 weeks of training at the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray, where you will be trained to work with an RAF Police dog.

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

During your specialist training you will be given the opportunity to enrol on the Advanced Level 3 Aviation Ground Specialist Apprenticeship and specialise within the Aviation Security Sector, this qualification is both widely recognised within the civilian aviation world and an excellent platform for you to progress into further education. Further progression in the trade is credited against a BA (Hons) degree in Organisational Capability Development.

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. You will have opportunities to attend different courses in areas such as Protective Security, Counter Intelligence, Cyber Security and Criminal Investigation. These include national police courses such as Crime Scene Investigator, National Suspect Interview and High Tech Crime.

YOUR FIRST TOUR

For your first tour, you could carry out Law Enforcement and Aviation Security duties at an RAF Unit or work as a dog handler or be employed on the Tactical Police Sqn. Police work can be physically demanding and you should be prepared to conduct shift work and work in all weather conditions.

There are early opportunities to travel and operate overseas and at all times you will be relied upon to make decisions and use your initiative to protect RAF personnel and vital assets from various threats. Later in your career, you could move into a specialist area. Like most people in the RAF, you will probably move jobs every few years, and each job is known as a tour.

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

After successfully completing initial training, your next step is specialist trade training conducted at your parent Squadron or another RAF station in the UK. The course covers Law Enforcement duties, including investigations, reporting and recording of Service and Civilian offences, arrest procedures, personal safety training and in the basic principles of Security duties. Personnel are also trained to conduct their duties in specific environments in which they may operate.

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ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your career progresses, you will continue to develop and learn new skills. You will have opportunities to attend many different courses in areas such as: Military Working Dogs, Protective Security, Information Security, Security Risk Management and Close Protection. Those holding appropriate background knowledge may undertake Criminal Investigation, Computer Forensics and Crime Scene Examination training. All personnel, particularly those promoted to supervisory ranks, receive management and leadership training. All these skills will be utilised and honed at annual training camps held each year, either in the UK or overseas.

 

YOUR FUTURE

Although your minimum commitment is 27 days per year, the fully integrated role of the Reserves into the regular force means that we are seeking committed, motivated personnel who are prepared to give a higher return than the minimum attendance figure. Routine activities may consist of working directly alongside regulars on a weekly basis at RAF stations, or deploying on short duration (up to 14 days) aviation security tasks. Over and above the routine activities, you can expect to be mobilized once every 5 years for up to 12 months.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Service with the RAFP Reserve will develop skills that will benefit your employer:

  • Sound decision-making
  • Problem solving
  • Personal responsibility
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Robustness/Resilience
  • Leadership and management

Our Leadership and management training is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.

 

RAF POLICE RESERVES COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

Personnel interested in obtaining a commission in the RAF Police Reserves are required to join the Trade first and then to commission from the ranks. Suitability and requirements can be obtained from initial recruitment focal points and also from Squadron specialists. (Ex-Regular Provost officers, ex-military officers from an equivalent Branch, or civilian police officers will be considered on a case-by-case basis; recruiting personnel will be able to advise.)

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality.

Be aged between 17.5 and 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday).

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality

Be aged between 18 and 55 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
Mathematics G Grade 1 Grade 4

Have a Full UK driving licence

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.

Following the Home Office announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years. 

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
Mathematics G Grade 1 Grade 4

Have a Full UK driving licence

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

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