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Royal Navy Police
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Royal Navy Police

Maintain the vital service discipline that keeps every Naval mission on track.

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  • £18,687 - £56,383
  • GCSEs
  • Surface Fleet
  • Warfare
  • Rating level

At a glance

From counter narcotics operations in the Caribbean to complex cyber-crime investigations, you'll play a crucial part in enforcing the strict code of conduct that comes with life in the Royal Navy.
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I’ve been involved in everything from counter narcotics operations on a ship in the Caribbean, to complex cybercrime investigations with multiple suspects.


Royal navy Police

Role details

What you’ll do

The Royal Navy Police (RNP) provide a wide ranging policing and investigative service to the Royal Navy at home and abroad.  Including a global reach criminal investigation capability, operational detention in the maritime environment, the exploitation of evidence at sea.  This includes, policing at sea, across the main naval port areas in the UK, and in a number of overseas locations; including the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

Your role

  • Throughout your career in the RNP, you will receive a variety of law enforcement and specialist training and be employed in a wide range of uniform and plain clothes capacities.
  • You might be conducting a community policing and crime prevention role one day, investigating a serious crime the next, or be involved in counter piracy and counter narcotics operations in the Caribbean.
  • At sea, your role encompasses an array of vital executive functions such as the Ship's flight Deck Officer; responsible for the safe launch and recovery of the ships helicopter.
  • You'll also work alongside other police forces and make a recognised contribution to the national and international intelligence framework for a safer and secure tomorrow.

Pay & benefits

  • A salary that rises to £23,496 after initial training
  • Earn in excess of £56,383 as your career progresses"
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • An Advanced Apprenticeship in Policing
  • The opportunity to study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree

Skills you'll develop

  • The discipline and organisational skills needed to be part of a global law enforcement organisation
  • General policing, as well as more specialist skills such as forensics and crime scene investigation


  • Aged 18 to 37
  • At least 2 GCSEs at grades A-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics
  • A full UK Driving Licence covering manual vehicles must be held when you apply
  • You must be a United Kingdom citizen or British Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
  • You must have lived in the UK for 5 years continuously prior to application
  • Minimum height of 145cm
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

  • Team players and independent thinkers
  • A passion for helping people
  • Physical and mental fitness
  • Strong communication skills
  • A love of travel and adventure

Joining Process

From picking your role to starting on your first day, these are the steps you'll take to join as a rating.

Career Progression

From responsibilities to pay, find out where this role can take you.

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