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.
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.
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.
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.