What We Do


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The link between crime, deprivation, quality of life, and life chances is widely documented. The most deprived locations experience twice as much property crime and four times as much personal crime, compared to areas with the next worst decile for overall crime. Children growing up in social housing are 37% more likely to be a victim of crime. Police Now exists to break these links.

Because the police experience challenging social issues up close, they’re uniquely placed to address them at their root.  As leaders in their local communities, Police Now officers:

Work to fight crime and increase public confidence in policing within their local community;

  • Work to fight crime and increase public confidence in policing within their local community;

Build up trust and strong relationships between the police and public through sustained work with the community;

  • Build up trust and strong relationships between the police and public through sustained work with the community;

Respond to community members concerns and focus on the challenges they face;

  • Respond to community members concerns and focus on the challenges they face;

Produce and deliver innovative solutions;

  • Produce and deliver innovative solutions;

Work with the community to bring about longer-term changes that broaden the life chances and increase the quality of life for all.

  • Work with the community to bring about longer-term changes that broaden the life chances and increase the quality of life for all.

In 1829, Sir Robert Peel proposed nine principles on which policing should be built. One of the founding principles of British policing is the idea that ‘the police are the public and the public are the police’. In other words, the police force should represent the society it serves to protect.

After completing our two-year programme, Police Now officers can decide whether to remain in policing or pursue an external career. Those who choose to leave policing and enter another profession will take their direct experience of frontline policing with them. Because of this, they’ll become exceptionally influential ambassadors for the police. By sharing their personal knowledge far and wide, they’ll create a better understanding of the extraordinary challenges and situations that the police face, every single day. Ultimately, they’ll help us to achieve Police Now’s vitally important mission: to increase public confidence in policing and transform communities.