Force protection

RAF Police Officer

RAF Police Officers have a diverse role. They protect our bases and aircraft from threats like espionage, organised crime and terrorism. These policing specialists also lead RAF policemen and women, and sometimes work in partnership with the RAF Regiment or intelligence agencies.


Typical Responsibilities:

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


Similar civilian roles include Police officer, Security adviser, IT security manager or Community safety officer.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a RAF Police Officer in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£30,616 + Benefits

Pay during training

£25,727 + Benefits

Entry level

Officer

Commitment

Usual service

12 Years

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Only qualified ex-military commissioned personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

 

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

3 TPS RAF Honington, Suffolk (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
603 Sqn Edinburgh
605 Sqn RAF Cosford (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
607 RAF Leeming (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘RAF Police Officers are not responsible solely for policing; in fact, that’s only a small part of the job. Our main role is to provide security – of assets, people and information. We also protect classified data – computer security in particular is a rapidly expanding and challenging field. We also deal with any offences involving policemen or officers.

My first tour was as Drug Abuse Prevention Officer for the north of England. I also got involved in investigations and liaising with the civilian police, seeing how they went about their work. On my next tour, I worked in a team that briefed station commanders, executives and the RAF Police on the effects of human rights legislation – how it impacts on surveillance and things like that.

It was quite a challenge, having to tell people with 30 years’ experience the way it had to be done. It was also very rewarding, because you could see their minds changing to “She’s done her research and she’s the specialist on this.'

My Day

‘As an RAF Police Officer on a station, you are a manager of the Police Flight, so you’re not as hands on as the specialist officers. We’re responsible for ensuring the welfare of the Flight, and that it’s being run properly.

In addition, we’re responsible for security education – making people aware of any threats and ensuring, for example, that no sensitive information is divulged over the telephone.’

Jackie, RAF Police Officer

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

Like all our officers, you will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) 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. You can find out more information about IOT in this publication.

Specialist Training

After IOT you will complete the 22-week RAF Police Officers’ Course (RAFPOC) 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 counter intelligence 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.

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 a RAF Police Squadron Commander.

Your Career Prospects

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 later, 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 Development

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, counter intelligence or cyber security. As a 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.

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Spare Time
Reserve

Reserve Officer Initial Training

After basic training, recruits go on to Reserve Officer Initial Training during their 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. 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or 5 Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades at a minimum of Grade 2 or 5 Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) grades at Grade 5, including English Language and Mathematics.

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 English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17), SCE at a minimum of Grade 2 or SNE at Grade 5.

Additional requirement:

You must have a full UK driving licence.

Age:

  • 21-36 (Civilian candidates must enter IOT before their 37th birthday)
  • Upper age limit of 44 for Internal Commissioning Scheme

RAF Requirements

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

*When submitting your application choose 'Provost Officer' as your role choice.*

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

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

Only qualified ex-military personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

The RAF are currently only recruiting suitably qualified ex-military officers with experience within this role.

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

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Full Time
Regular

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Reserve