Our Competencies and Values

How To Apply

At various stages during the recruitment and selection process we will look for you to show your alignment to the College of Policing’s competency and value framework.


We are emotionally aware

We make the effort to understand ourselves, our colleagues and all those we serve. We genuinely engage with and listen to others, making efforts to understand needs, perspectives and concerns.

We take ownership

We make decisions at appropriate levels and in appropriate areas, having a clear rationale and accepting responsibility for our decisions. We seek feedback, learn from our mistakes and reflect to improve and amend our future practices.

We are collaborative

We build genuine and long-lasting partnerships that focus on collective aims and not just on our own organisation. This goes beyond just working in teams and with colleagues we see daily.

We deliver, support and inspire

We understand the vision for the organization. We use our organization’s values in our day-to-day activities as a role model to provide inspiration and clarity to our colleagues and stakeholders.

We analyse critically

We analyse information, data, viewpoints and combine the best available evidence to understand the root causes of issues that arise in complex situations.

We are innovative and open-minded

We have an inquisitive and outward-looking nature, searching for new information to understand alternative sources of good practice and implement creative working methods.


We are transparent in our actions, decisions, and communications with both the people we work with and those we serve.


We must show impartiality throughout all our dealings with colleagues, partners, and members of the public.


We understand and reinforce expectations of professional behavior and openly recognize good and bad performance.

Public Service

We have a responsibility to ensure that we act in the best interests of society as a whole.

Police Now was started inside the Metropolitan Police Service in 2015. In 2016, we became independent and are now working with 28 forces across England and Wales. We’re working with the following partner forces to offer opportunities to graduates on Police Now’s 2019 programme:

  • Avon & Somerset Constabulary
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Derbyshire Constabulary
  • Essex Police
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • Kent Police
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Northumbria Police
  • South Wales Police
  • Staffordshire Police
  • Surrey Police
  • Sussex Police
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police
  • West Midlands Police