RMP/ CNC/ModPlod or Civilian?

Friends daughter just graduated with a BA(Hons) 1st in Criminology and is thinking of a career as a Police Officer.
But she is unsure if being in the RMP as an Officer would give her a hands on role?

She has looked at CNC & ModPlod and Civil Police as she is interested in the Accelerated Promotion after 2 years in CivilPlod? No qualms about carrying a weapon and she is very bright, caring, enjoys fitness and is looking for a varied career within the Police

Any advice or ways for her to move forward.
 

Toppet

Old-Salt
RMP commissioned officer isn't very hands on.

@Ninja_Turtle may be able to advise.
 
Friends daughter just graduated with a BA(Hons) 1st in Criminology and is thinking of a career as a Police Officer.
But she is unsure if being in the RMP as an Officer would give her a hands on role?

She has looked at CNC & ModPlod and Civil Police as she is interested in the Accelerated Promotion after 2 years in CivilPlod? No qualms about carrying a weapon and she is very bright, caring, enjoys fitness and is looking for a varied career within the Police

Any advice or ways for her to move forward.
I would ask her what she wants to do. If she wants to be a Police Officer then I would say join the police; Home Office, not MDP nor CNC, a proper dyed in the wool County Constabulary (or the Met). I would also highly recommend the NCA as its interesting, varied and involves a lot of travelling, and you deal with some proper villains. I enjoyed my time there immensely.

Where I would bring my point regarding the Army in, is if she wants something a little extra/different then join the Army.

@Toppet is correct, the role isn't hands on, but as soon as she becomes a PS/DS, Insp/DI then its the same detail, supervisory and management. I've been about as hands on as you can be as an Officer in the RMP and I still spend the majority of my time behind a desk typing shit into Excel (but then again all officers do that at some point regardless of what you see on the adverts).
The role of the RMP is interesting and varied, with a military spin on policing, and its the military, austere spin on it that I enjoy - and its this primarily that brought me back to the RMP from NCA.
Spinning a bit of a dit as an example - in the firm base you can secure a crime scene for as long as you need (within reason), in Afghan I was dealing with an en firing pointwith multiple en and weapon systems only to then be told the apache is about to run out of fuel and RTB. Nothing quite focuses the mind and makes you prioritise actions than the threat of enemy action. To deal with that sort of thing you need to be pretty au fait with police procedure to know what to bin, what needs to be done there and then, and what can be done back at the PB (and then justify your decision in your notebook when you get back).

In short if she's got her heart set on locking people up and helping her community, join the Police.
If she want's to travel the world, earn more, be treated like a grown up, have the privilege of commanding soldiers, and live with like minded people then join the Army as RMP.

Or best of both worlds, join the army while she's young and fit, do a few years and join the police as PC or DE Insp. Speaking to colleagues and friends in the NCA about my days as a young officer they all seemed quite jealous of what we used to get up to and the stories of BFG - they all said they'd wished they'd done it. Plus she'll be joining a huge cohort of ex servicemen/women who follow the natural path into the Police post military service.

A bit of a ramble, but PM me if you want anything specific answered.
 
Last edited:
Will pass this on to her thanks.
She is currently looking at MPS but the NCA might be an option.
 
What he said.

Second time around I was a special constable but, I still had eyes and ears and observed the capabilities of those around me. If she is joining as a graduate, is good at passing exams and is of a personable character then she should have no problems either finding interesting employment or advancing her career as a civvy copper.

If she wants to get some sound management and leadership experience to help her move onwards and upwards as a civvy copper then she may want to consider joining the Reserves with a commission. I was approached by the RAF when they were expanding the RAF Police Reserves and were in the throes of creating a new unit. Yes, yes, RAF but, I went along, chatted, listened and the role was quite interesting. So that may be a parallel opportunity/pathway she might consider along with a CivPol / NCA career.

Avoid CNC and MoD Plod.
 
Friends daughter just graduated with a BA(Hons) 1st in Criminology and is thinking of a career as a Police Officer.
But she is unsure if being in the RMP as an Officer would give her a hands on role?

She has looked at CNC & ModPlod and Civil Police as she is interested in the Accelerated Promotion after 2 years in CivilPlod? No qualms about carrying a weapon and she is very bright, caring, enjoys fitness and is looking for a varied career within the Police

Any advice or ways for her to move forward.
ModPlod is mostly stagging on.
Civplod seems a thankless task.

As well as civplod I did a lot of work with CNC (when they were UKAEA), it sounded the more interesting role and they certainly seemed happier than their civplod counterparts.
 
I've worked with NCA Officers in some genuinely tasty areas of the world, and their work seemed fascinating.

I know one Home Office copper, and his life seems to be a relief valve for failings in the mental health and welfare policy failures.
 

Daxx

MIA
Book Reviewer
With PMBJ's intention of 20k new Polis, there's likely to be a serious supervisor gap. There may well be fast track opportunities for bright young things.
 

Green_Homer

War Hero
As I've said on other threads - if you want policing in the proper sense don't join ModPol. Certainly a sizeable amount of the younger lot who join soon get bored. That said more and more Home Office officers are transferring across to us with increasingly shorter length in service after getting burnt out.

CNC - From speaking to friends and family who have gone that way, they are leaving to come to ModPol!!
 
Get her to look at the Canadian Mounties.
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
D AGC, RAPTC and SASC 18
A AGC, RAPTC and SASC 11
M Join the Army - Reserve Recruitment 14

Latest Threads

Top