What we do

Police Now attract, recruit and train outstanding graduates with leadership potential to be inspirational detectives and police officers who transform communities. Not just for people today, but for generations to come.


We believe that given the highest levels of support and freedom, detectives and police officers can contribute to changing lives. Equipping participants with core policing skills, our two-year leadership development programmes help develop leadership, communication and problem-solving skills that will serve graduates, and the wider community, for a lifetime.

Our National Detective Programme is designed to equip graduates with the core policing skills required in modern investigative work. Throughout the two-year training programme participants play an integral part in solving crimes while developing leadership, communication and problem- solving skills. During our pilot, last year, 93 participants were deployed across eight police forces.

Our National Graduate Leadership Programme trains and develops graduates to become leaders in neighbourhood policing. Participants are placed in some of the most challenging communities in England and Wales, getting to know the issues up close and developing innovative ideas and techniques to tackle the challenges residents are facing.

Why we do it


We’re looking for talented graduates from all degree disciplines to join our National Detective Programme and National Graduate Leadership Programme to make a lasting difference in some of the most vulnerable communities in England and Wales.

Play your part in helping us achieve our mission as we strive to transform communities by inspiring, recruiting and developing future leaders in policing.

Supporting the police service


Police Now works with over 30 forces throughout England and Wales to find outstanding police officers and detectives. We select and recruit highly competent graduates to play an important role in supporting the nation’s police in their efforts to increase the number of officers across England and Wales.

Police Now is an independent social enterprise, supported by the Home Office. That means we’re an organisation that aims to bring about improvements in society rather than profits for our organisation.

Through our attraction, recruitment and innovative training programmes, we supply our partner police forces across England and Wales with the talented, driven graduates they need to drive results.

Our awards


Since our inception in 2015 we have won more than 20 awards, from our market leader diversity and inclusion strategies to our innovative marketing campaigns and recruitment process, through to our two-year training and development programme. We’re also delighted to share that we are the highest climber in 2019-2020 Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, as voted for by university finalists.


2019 highest climber – number 47

The Times

Top 100 graduate employers


Number 104 in the UK 300

The Guardian

Most popular 300 graduate employers


Winner of best diversity and inclusion strategy


National Graduate Recruitment Awards


Winner of Best Diversity Brand

EBMA 2019

Employer Brand Management Awards


Diversity and Inclusion award winner 2018

Institute of Student Employers

Student Recruitment Awards 2018


Graduate campaign of the year

The RAD Awards

Best of recruitment communications


Graduate Scheme of the year

Personnel Today Awards

Celebrating the best in HR

Best Leadership and Development Programme in the public / third sector


People Management Awards
  • Creative Grand Prix
  • Best Graduate Campaign
  • Best Video/Animation
  • Best Website

The Drum

Recruitment Business Awards

Digital solution, outdoor campaign, video (below £10,000) and The Grand Prix Award where the judges said,

“An emotive body of work that really engaged with the audience and the judges. Judges were impressed by the strong storytelling and how much was achieved with a relatively low budget, a fitting winner”

Recruitment Marketing Awards

Recognising excellence in recruitment marketing


Most effective recruitment marketing campaign

Recruiter Awards 2017

Recognising outstanding achievement in recruitment

Best Employer Brand in Charity/NGO/NFP
Best Communication of Employer Brand to external audience
Best Employer Brand Management Programme following a change
Best Digital Communication of the Employer Brand (Silver)
The Grand Prix Award where the judges said,

“This entry was astonishing for rising to significant challenges in creative, surprising and emotional ways”

EBMA 2017

Employer Brand Management Awards


Policing Award for Diversity

Commissioner's Excellence




The Case for Change report explains how we seek to break the cycle of crime and deprivation as well as provide high quality day-to-day policing.


Case for change report

Our Impact Report demonstrates the impact Police Now participants, alumni and partners are having in communities across the England and Wales.


Impact report

Meet the team

David was an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service from 2003 to 2016. David began leading Police Now in 2013.

He has been the driving force in building Police Now into an award-winning programme.

David Spencer

Co-Founder and CEO

Joni is responsible for daily operations and is focused on developing Police Now’s Strategy, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Compliance, Research & Insight and Operating Model.

Joni Ferns

Chief Operating Officer

Peter is responsible for leading the planning and delivery of the Police Now leadership development programmes. Peter’s responsibility spans from academy planning and delivery through to programme curriculum and leadership development.

Peter Borley

Programme Director

Like many others, Kurtis first joined the Police Service as a special constable before diving into policing full-time a few years later. He spent most of his service in East London, working in various roles including emergency response, neighbourhoods, investigation and senior leadership support. Involved in the earliest stages of Police Now’s development, Kurtis performed the role of syndicate lead at the first Police Now Academy. As Programme Director, Kurtis is responsible for the coordination of Police Now’s programmes and the organisation’s work with police forces and the wider policing sector.

Kurtis Christoforides

Policing and Home Affairs Director

Clare is passionate about recruiting the very best graduates into policing from a diverse range of backgrounds. Clare’s responsibility spans marketing and attraction of graduates through to selection, assessment and onboarding of candidates to Police Now’s national graduate programmes.

Clare Power

Recruitment and Marketing Director

The board

The Police Now board draws on commercial and policing experience across a diverse range of individuals from different backgrounds. The board helps to steer the strategic and operational direction of the organisation.

Sir Ian Powell

Chair, the Board of Trustees

Rhammel Afflick

Director of Communications, Pride London

Maggie Ashton

Police Now participant, Northumbria Constabulary

Helen Ball QPM

Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service

James Bowler CB

Director General, Ministry of Justice

Judith Clegg

CEO and founder, Takeout

Martin Coleman

Vice Chair, Office for Students

Dominic Fry

Bob Rothenberg MBE

Senior Partner, Blick Rothenberg

Jennifer Tsim

Partner, Oliver Wyman

Lord Simon Woolley of Woodford

Director, Operation Black Vote

Lydia Wong

Police Now participant, Metropolitan Police Service

DCC Louisa Rolfe OBE

Deputy Chief Constable, West Midlands Police and NPCC Lead, Domestic Abuse

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Partner with us and together we’ll have the power to make a sustainable long-term impact on society.
Police Now’s mission is to transform communities by recruiting, developing, and inspiring leaders in policing.


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