What we do

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


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

Why we do it


We’re looking for talented graduates from all degree disciplines to join our National Graduate Leadership Programme and National Detective 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 recruitment and innovative training programmes, we supply our partner police forces across the 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 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

Dave was an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service from 2003 to 2016. Dave 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 Summer Academy for new participants.

Peter Borley

Academies Director

Sarah is responsible for the development and delivery of the two year leadership programme for participants.

Sarah Carney

Leadership Development Director

Kurtis joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 2009. He was a syndicate lead at the 2015 Summer Academy and, subsequently joined the Police Now HQ team.

Kurtis Christoforides

Programme Director

Stephanie is responsible for the development of corporate partnerships and joined Police Now in 2017.

Stephanie Griffiths

Development Director

Clare is passionate about recruiting the very best graduates into policing from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Clare Power

Recruitment and Marketing Director

The board

The Police Now board draws on commercial, policing and Home Office 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 of the Board of Trustees

Rhammel Afflick

Deputy Director of Communications, Pride in London

Maggie Ashton

Police Now participant, Northumbria Constabulary

Helen Ball QPM

Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Service

James Bowler CB

Director General for Public Spending at HM Treasury

Judith Clegg

CEO and founder of Takeout

Martin Coleman

Vice Chair for Office for Students

James Darley

Director of Transform Alliance

Clare Davies OBE

Director of HR Metropolitan Police Service

Dominic Fry

Communications & Investor Relations Director at Marks & Spencer

Bob Rothenberg MBE

Senior Partner at Blick Rothenberg

Jennifer Tsim

Partner, Oliver Wyman

Sir Simon Woolley

Director of Operation Black Vote

Lydia Wong

Police Now participant, Metropolitan Police Service

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.


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