What we do

Police Now’s mission is to transform communities, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and increase the public’s confidence in the police service by recruiting, developing and inspiring outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline.

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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.


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.

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.


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.

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

Meet the leadership team

Joni Ferns

Acting CEO & Chief Operating Officer

Kurtis Christoforides

Policing and Home Affairs Director

Clare Power

Recruitment and Marketing Director

Meet the board of trustees

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


Rhammel Afflick

Freelance consultant

Helen Ball QPM

Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service

James Bowler CB

Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade

Judith Clegg

CEO and founder, Takeout

Dominic Fry
Joanna Tilley

Neighbourhood police officer

DCC Louisa Rolfe OBE board member | Police Now
Louisa Rolfe OBE

Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service

Bob Rothenberg

Chair, Finance, Audit, Risk & Resources Committee

Jennifer Tsim

Partner, Oliver Wyman

Lord Simon Woolley of Woodford

Director, Operation Black Vote

Customer Insights,
Futures and Impact Board Committee

Helen Ball (Chair)

Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service

Louisa Rolfe

Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service

Gavin Stephens

Chief Constable, Surrey Police

Jason Hogg

Deputy Chief Constable, Thames Valley Police

Phil Cain

Deputy Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police

Sarah Crew

Temporary Chief Constable, Avon & Somerset Constabulary

Mike O’Hara

Assistant Chief Constable, West Midlands Police

Rhammel Afflick

Freelance consultant

Millie Tanner

Inspector, Thames Valley Police

Upile Mtitimila
Upile Mtitimila

Detective Inspector, Cheshire Constabulary

Richard Leicester - latest
Richard Leicester

Assistant Chief Officer, Kent Police & Essex Police

James Darley

Chief Executive Officer, Transform Society

Joanna Tilley

Neighbourhood police officer

Partner with us

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.

Joni Ferns

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Kurtis Christoforides

Policing and Home Affairs 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.

Clare Power

Recruitment and Marketing 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.

Devon & Cornwall Police

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Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

National Detective Programme

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