Royal Navy Police

Service:Surface Fleet
Combat and security
Hands on
Two Royal Navy Policemen riding horses.

At a glance

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.

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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.

What you’ll get

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

Career progression

What you'll need


  • 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 is also essential
  • British Citizens and Dual National UK people can apply, dual nationality restriction still apply.  Commonwealth/Irish are not eligible as they will not have a UK driving licence
  • 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 and interests

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

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

    You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
    To prepare, you can practise the DAA

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role. This is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, including a Swimming Test and a fitness assessment, is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape.

There's also a swimming test, so if you can't swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.

Professional training

After you’ve passed out of HMS Raleigh as an Able Rate, you'll continue with some basic seamanship training preparing you to be safe to go to sea.  Once this training is complete you will spend up to 6 months at sea in 'Marinisation Phase' here you will learn how the people you will police live in an unique environment.

When this is completed you'll spend 14 weeks at the Defence School of Policing and Guarding, completing the Royal Navy Police Initial Course (RNPIC). This includes modules on:

  • Codes of conduct
  • Policing duties
  • Jurisdiction
  • Forensics and crime scene investigation
  • Disciplinary duties
  • RNP administration

Completion of the RNPIC is when your career in the Royal Navy Police begins, you will receive your RNP Warrant Card, complete a leadership course and be promoted to Leading Hand RNP and join your first RNP Unit.

Between 15 and 24 months from passing the RNPIC you'll complete the Volume Crime Investigations Course (VCIC).