RMP qualifications transferable to civvy police?

#1
I have been going through the process of signing off, my aim being to apply for mod police, with a longer term plan of transferring to civvy police. What I was thinking was, would it be worth transferring across to RMP's and doing a couple of years with them first to gain some experience and quals?
What kind of qualifications do you get from serving as a monkey? Are they recognised outside the wire?
 
#2
AFAIK, only a couple MIGHT be - some of the intelligence courses, the MAGIC course (you won't get this in a couple of years service), possibly the CSI, but it would probably be better to just go straight to MOD P & start earning time under your belt.
 
#3
You're better off getting a qual as a dog handler or searcher or int based.
 
#4
Read all the police threads on here. Are you sure you want to?

Why not look into getting a trade if you're thinking of transferring.
 
#5
If the quals aren't worth much, what about the experience? Would civvy plod prefer an ex RMP over an ex gunner like myself? Or do they just see Army as Army?
 
#7
Read all the police threads on here. Are you sure you want to?

Why not look into getting a trade if you're thinking of transferring.
Really not interested in a trade. I wasn't thinking of transferring initially, I was thinking of getting out and joining the plod. I juse wondered if it might be beneficial to get some RMP experience first.
 
#9
Really not interested in a trade. I wasn't thinking of transferring initially, I was thinking of getting out and joining the plod. I juse wondered if it might be beneficial to get some RMP experience first.
Have you looked into forces that are recruiting, the pay cut you'll take and the success rate of applicants these days.

I'd speak to plod and your CoC and see about applying whilst you're still in if your heart is set on being a copper.

Don't do what many of us did and sign off without a job offer. It's hard going in civvy street at the mo.

Good luck though. You must be mad.
 
#10
There appears to be a lot less ex-forces applying of the civvy police these days, but the attributes you can bring will help in the application process.
The police service is not expecting outside applicants to have previous policing experience, but they look for specific character traits in the application process, e.g. dealing with pressure, meeting deadlines, dealing with change, leadership.
Your ability to provide personal evidence of your abilities in these fields would be better than having a soco skill for example because for the first two years you will be a response officer before you have any chance of branching off into a specialisation.
If you are considering a specific civvy force keep an eye on the web site for when they are recruiting because there is not usually much notice given.
When the advert does go out the window for applications is small and the amount of people applying is high so your initial application needs to be spot on, good luck, it is a very rewarding job.
 
#12
I was thinking of MOD police initially as they do not require you to hold the certificate of policing, whereas other forces require you to privately acquire this before applying. (Money I could be spending on other courses)
Plus they are currently recruiting whereas many other forces are not. If I wanted to transfer to civvy police later, I'd keep my ear to the ground as to who is recruiting.
The drop of pay is a hit I'd have to take. It's going to happen eventually, and the way the pension is going, it's no longer a big incentive.
If I complete the 22 years ill be 46 when I get out, a bit too old to be starting a new career maybe. (I'm 34 now)
 
#15
Like I say. Definately speak to your CoC.

I remember a lad who applied for the fire brigade with the support of our Adjt.

He found himself accepted and offered a position very quickly.

I seem to remember it took about 4 - 6 weeks but they got him out in time to use his accrued annual leave before starting his training.
 

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#16
I wouldn't advise any one to join civy police. Now MOD Police is a cracking little number and a well kept secret. A relative of mine is a sergeant, he has done all the weapons instructors courses you can think off, travels the country is well paid and has over time coming out of ears.

If they relocate you and you can't sell your house they buy it off you at the proper price and pay for any expenses.

I wish I'd listened to him many years ago, I stayed in the Met whilst he was in the MoD, like an idiot I preferred being a proper copper, I had the grief, he had the fun with as he he said no grief and the pay was on par.
So if I had my time over again I'd opt for MOD police, you can't go wrong!
 
#17
Thanks for all the advice,
And this may sound petty, but if I decided on RMP, would I be able to wear my commando mud flaps? I did graft for them after all.
 
#18
MOD PLOD and CNC are both very different to civil police....many will not except transfer from them. CNC is 12 hour shifts based at a very few sites in certain areas of the country. Basically armed security .....think RAF Police or MPGS......perhaps better paid. . (Not quarters thought )
 
#20
I wouldn't advise any one to join civy police. Now MOD Police is a cracking little number and a well kept secret. A relative of mine is a sergeant, he has done all the weapons instructors courses you can think off, travels the country is well paid and has over time coming out of ears.

If they relocate you and you can't sell your house they buy it off you at the proper price and pay for any expenses.

I wish I'd listened to him many years ago, I stayed in the Met whilst he was in the MoD, like an idiot I preferred being a proper copper, I had the grief, he had the fun with as he he said no grief and the pay was on par.
So if I had my time over again I'd opt for MOD police, you can't go wrong!
Interesting. I get better job satisfaction if I'm actually doing something worthwhile, (part of the reason I'm getting out the army is lack of op tours) and civvy police seems to have more of a purpose, but if you're saying it's a decision you regret, might be something worth thinking about.
 

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