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RAF Police

RAF Policemen and women work to prevent and detect crime. They ensure the security of personnel, information, and equipment on RAF bases and on operations.


Typical Responsibilities:

  • Undertake criminal, security and cyber investigations
  • Handle search and patrol dogs on base
  • Escort convoys and provide close protection services for VIPs


Similar civilian roles include Police officer, Security officer, Crime prevention officer or Fraud investigator.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

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

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,612 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,783 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

12 Years

APPRENTICESHIP: Int Apprenticeship In Providing Security Servcies

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

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 (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
603 Sqn Edinburgh
605 Sqn RAF Cosford (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
607 Sqn RAF Leeming (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
614 Sqn Cardiff (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

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.'

Ian, RAF Police

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

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 School of Policing and Guarding (DSPG), 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, and trains students in the basic principles of Security including: Personnel Security, Protective Security, Information Security, Security Risk Management, Counter Terrorism and Aviation Security. Students are also trained in Operational Policing and Security, mirroring what is expected of the RAF Police on Operations.

If you volunteer for dog-handling duties, you will have a further 7 weeks of training at the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray, where you will team up with a RAF Police dog.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

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 Training/Development Opportunities

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 Aviation Security, Counter Intelligence, Protective Security, Information and Cyber Security, Criminal Investigation, Close Protection, Military Working Dogs, Computer Forensics, Crime Scene Examination, as well as management and leadership training.

Your First Tour

For your first tour, you could carry out Law Enforcement and Aviation Security duties at a 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.

Your Future

Offering numerous exciting and challenging roles, during your career in the RAF Police you could be involved in:

Security activities including:
• Cyber and Information security
• Counter Intelligence
• Security Risk Management
• Operational threat assessments and advice
• Air Platform Security Management
• Airport security (passenger and cargo screening)
• Personnel security such as security education, vetting and screening

Investigations including:
• Criminal and security investigations
• Computer forensics
• Crime scene examination
• Criminal intelligence
• Child support and Domestic Violence

Law Enforcement duties including:
• Incident response
• Liaison with local police and security organisations
• Support to major events (such as air shows)
• Surveillance
• Close protection (Operations)
• Mentoring (Operations)
• Biometrics (Operations)

RAF Police Dog handling duties including:
• Protection dogs (Patrol and Police)
• Detection dogs (Arms Explosive Search, Vehicle Search, Drugs Detection)

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 the various threats they face, such as organized crime, terrorists or foreign intelligence services. 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.

Future Careers Prospects

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. 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:

Security officer
Police officer
Fraud investigator
Airport Security officer

 

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

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.

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.

Offering numerous exciting and challenging roles, during your career in the RAF Police you could be involved in:

Security activities including:
• Cyber and Information security
• Counter Intelligence
• Security Risk Management
• Operational threat assessments and advice
• Air Platform Security Management
• Airport security (passenger and cargo screening)
• Personnel security (security education, vetting and screening)

Investigations including:
• Criminal and security investigations
• Computer forensics
• Crime scene examination
• Criminal intelligence
• Child support and Domestic Violence

Law Enforcement duties including:
• Incident response
• Liaison with local police and security organisations
• Support to major events (such as air shows)
• Surveillance
• Close protection (Operations)
• Mentoring (Operations)
• Biometrics (Operations)

RAF Police Dog handling duties including:
• Protection dogs (Patrol and Police)

There are early opportunities to travel and operate overseas. At all times you will be relied upon to make decisions and use your initiative to protect RAF personnel and assets from various threats, such as organized crime, terrorism or hostile intelligence services. Promotion within the trade is good and extra training will enable personnel selected for supervisory and management positions to effectively lead teams.

Transferable skills for your employer

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.)

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

GCSE at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) in English language and a GCSE at Grade G in Mathematics; or a SCE Standard Grade at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English and a SCE Standard Grade at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in Mathematics.

All RAF ground trade recruits (except Air Traffic Controller – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) must have or gain Functional Skills (FS) qualifications in English and Mathematics to graduate from Recruit Training. Your first chance to pass these tests, if you don’t already have the necessary FS grades, will be at the Pre-Recruit Training Course. The level of FS qualifications you need to achieve depend on the trade you are applying for; as, RAF Police, you will need to pass the Level 1 FS tests in Mathematics and English.

Even if you have other qualifications in Mathematics and English (like GCSE/SCEs), you will still have to take and pass the FS Mathematics and English tests. Further information will be available from your local Armed Forces Careers Office

Additional requirement: You must have a Full UK driving licence.

Age:

  • 18 – 33 (Must attest before 33rd birthday)

RAF Requirements

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:

GCSE at Grade C in English Language and a GCSE at Grade G in Mathematics; or a SCE Standard Grade at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English and a SCE Standard Grade at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in Mathematics.

Additional requirements:

You must have a Full UK driving licence.

The RAF Police is a conviction free trade therefore ALL previous convictions must be declared at application.

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

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

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