Force protection RAF Police Officer CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Police Officer, you will have a diverse role, protecting our bases and aircraft from threats like espionage, organised crime and terrorism. As a policing specialist you will also lead RAF policemen and women and sometimes work in partnership with the RAF Regiment or intelligence agencies.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £26,500+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £31,800+ + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: Depends on role, rank and experience

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 21-36 (Civilian candidates must enter IOT before their 37th birthday) Upper age limit of 44 for Internal Commissioning Scheme
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and Maths and at least three other subjects
  • In addition, you need at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points
  • You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom since birth
  • Must have resided in the UK for at least 7 years immediately preceding application
  • Parents/Spouse must currently have UK citizenship
  • Commit to minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the fitness and health criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Aircraft

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
  • GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 in English, Maths and preferably Science
  • Have 2 A-levels or 3 Highers or equivalent, plus 5 GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or equivalent, including English language and maths
  • Be qualified ex-military personnel
  • Commit 27 days per year for 12 years minimum
  • 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

Locations

3TPS Sqn RAF Honington, Suffolk
502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim
603 Sqn Edinburgh
605 Sqn RAF Cosford, Shropshire
607 Sqn RAF Leeming, Northallerton

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Undertake criminal, security and cyber investigations
  • Provide risk management and policing advice to senior officers
  • Escort convoys and provide personal protection

As an RAF Police Officer, you are not only responsible for policing; your main role is to provide security – of assets, people and information. You also protect classified data – computer security, in particular, is a rapidly expanding and challenging field and deal with any offences involving policemen or officers. This is a demanding role which requires the highest levels of personal integrity combined with the ability to assess and act on complex information as a security / policing specialist and as a leader. You will lead a team of RAF Police and security personnel, including soldiers of the Military Provost Guard Service and will routinely provide senior officers with security risk management and law enforcement advice. Although this may sound daunting, your training will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to do the job. You will be expected to deploy on operations overseas, leading RAF Police personnel in a range of challenging operational environments. As with officers in most other branches, RAF Police Officers change jobs every few years. As your career develops, you will have the opportunity to engage in specialist areas such as investigation of serious crime, cybersecurity/information assurance, counterintelligence, protective security, and operational planning. If selected for promotion, you may command an RAF Police Squadron or Force Protection Wing, commanding large numbers of personnel based at multiple locations around the UK.

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 Initial Officer Training at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.  You will follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills.  The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

After IOT you will complete the 22-week RAF Police Officers’ Course at the Defence School of Policing and Guarding, Southwick Park near Portsmouth, some of which is done with Royal Military Police and Royal Navy Police colleagues.

The RAFPOC will continue to build upon your leadership and management skills whilst covering aspects of criminal law, investigations and security (which will also incorporate training in counterintelligence and security risk management). You will also be given additional training in military skills and the use of force to enable you to effectively fulfil the wide variety of operational roles conducted by the RAF Police.

Once specialist training has been completed, you will then be ready to undertake your first tour.

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FOUNDATION TOUR

For your first tour after training, you will probably be posted to a unit where you will be responsible for the security of critical RAF assets and the policing of Service personnel.  Although you will lead a team of RAF Police personnel and security specialists from the outset, you will be supervised and supported by an RAF Police Squadron Commander.

 

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 years and may be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years’ service or age 40, whichever is the latter, during this time. Promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis after 3½ years from completing IOT. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

RAF Police Officers can expect to be employed on a wide range of operational and staff duties and may be selected to undertake further training in fields such as the investigation of serious crime, counterintelligence or cybersecurity. As n RAF Police Officer, you will develop skills and gain experience similar to those of a senior civilian police officer, corporate security risk manager and information systems security manager. There will be the opportunity to attain professional qualifications that are recognised by civilian agencies and employers.

TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE

After basic training, you’ll go on to Reserve Officer Initial Training during your second year. This combines distance learning with residential weekends at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. It also includes a two-week residential phase at Cranwell where Reserves mix with Regular Officers on their initial training. During this period you will gain the skills and knowledge to command and lead in military roles and beyond.

 

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 citizen of the United Kingdom since birth and must not hold (and must never have held) any nationality or citizenship (including joint nationality) other than British or that of a British Overseas Territory.

Be aged between 21 and 36. Applicants must enter IOT before their 37th birthday.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom since birth and must not hold (and must never have held) any nationality or citizenship (including joint nationality) other than British or that of a British Overseas Territory.

Be aged between 21 and 55 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
Three other subjects C Grade 4 Grade 5

In addition, you need at least 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points.

Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative) you only need Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4-5) or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2 or SNE Grade 5 (A-C).

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

You must be a UK citizen from birth

You must have resided in the UK for 7 years immediately prior to application.

Your parents/spouse must currently have UK citizenship.

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 9.1 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 2 A-levels or 3 Highers or equivalent, plus 5 GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or equivalent, including English Language and Maths.

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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GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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