RAF Police Officer

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Job Description

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.


  • 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.


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.


After IOT, you will complete the 20-week RAF Police Officers’ Course (RAFPOC) at the Defence School of Policing and Guarding, MOD Southwick Park near Portsmouth.

The RAFPOC will continue to build your leadership and management skills whilst covering aspects of criminal law, investigations and security (incorporating counter intelligence and security risk management). All this will prepare you to fulfil the wide variety of operational roles conducted by the RAF Police.
With specialist training completed, you will be ready to undertake your first tour.

  • Be aged 17.5-47 (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • 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
  • You must have a full UK driving licence
  • Commit to minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the fitness and health criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

PAY DURING :TRAINING£26,500+Benefits
Initial pay :after training£31,800+ Benefits