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About Defence

MOD Police and Guarding Agency (MDPGA)

When the MOD Police & Guarding Agency was created in its present form in April 2004, it brought together the existing MOD Police Agency (MDP) and the MOD Guard Service (MGS), with the objective of forming a cohesive security organisation available to the whole of the Defence estate.

MOD Police and MOD Guard on joint patrol

MOD Police and MOD Guards working together

About the MDPGA
Protection of defence personnel and assets requires an understanding of the armed forces and of the MOD and its working methods, as well as close working relationships with other policing and physical security resources in the MOD.

Together the two organisations, MDP and MGS, now form a single intelligence community with joint Control Rooms and shared strategies for the management of security risk across the defence estate.

The MOD Police force (MDP) is a statutory police force under the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987. In 1996, the Force acquired Agency status within the MOD, and was then expanded in 2004 to include the uniformed MOD Guard Service (MGS).

Renamed the MOD Police & Guarding Agency (MDPGA), the Agency incorporates the two main physical security services within the MOD.

MOD Police and MOD Guard providing security

MOD Police and MOD Guards providing security to the Defence estate

Agency Role
The Agency's Role as defined in its Corporate Plan is: Delivering Effective Policing and Guarding as part of the UK's Defence capability.The focus of all Agency activity is to counter the following main crime and security risks faced by the MOD:

  • Terrorist attack and the threat of attack
  • Disruption and disorder caused by protestors
  • Theft of key assets
  • Major financial fraud
  • Unauthorised intrusion onto the Defence Estate

The MDP supplies specialised civilian policing services to the whole of the MOD community, both military and civilian units. It also supports the Defence Vision (A Force for Good in the World) by contributing to international policing in countries such as Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan where its principal role is to help develop a model for human rights-based local policing, by training and mentoring local recruits.

The MGS role is to provide unarmed guarding and access control services to MOD units across the UK. It guards over 200 sites including the MOD HQ in London, the nuclear submarine base at HM Naval Base Clyde, and the RAF stations at Menwith Hill and Fylingdales.


Agency Outputs

  • Protection of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent
  • Defence Business Continuity: the ability to reinforce the protection of Defence personnel and property
  • Defensive Armed Policing: the capability to deter and to respond to an armed attack on Defence personnel and property
  • Uniformed policing: the effective use of police powers to deter, detect and respond to crime and disorder
  • Guarding: the provision of unarmed guarding and access control to Defence personnel and property
  • Crime investigation: the prevention, detection and investigation of crime that impacts significantly against Defence capability, and the recovery of stolen assets
  • International capability: the contribution of specialist policing expertise in support of wider Defence and foreign policy objectives
  • Policy: contributing to Defence policing and guarding policy




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