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Working for one of our partner police forces on the Police Now programme is genuinely rewarding. As well as the rewards you gain from the difference you are making to a local community by protecting its population from crime and the effects of crime and increasing public confidence in policing, you can also look forward to a wide range of benefits and a competitive salary too.

Salary


As a new police constable, you’ll receive a basic starting salary of £22,896. Depending on which force you are allocated to you could also receive location allowances of up to £6,711. The basic salary of a police constable rises to £38,001 plus allowances in line with Home Office guidelines.


Leave


You’ll start with 22 days paid annual holiday, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service. This is on top of public holidays and an average of at least two rest days each working week. You can also expect other forms of leave including maternity, paternity and adoption leave and the option of taking a career break of up to five years.


Travel


Depending on the force you are allocated to you may be able to enjoy free local public transport whether you’re on or off duty.


Training and Development


As part of the Police Now programme we offer 1-2-1 mentoring as well as regular sessions with a Leadership Development Officer who will support and coach you to achieve your very best throughout the two years on the programme. There will be regular training, events and skills sessions to which mainstream police recruitment has no equivalent.


Flexible Working


The police is an emergency service operating 24/7 365 days a year. However, it is always the intention of the police service to try and take your individual religious and cultural needs into account so you can fit your work around your personal commitments.


Pensions


When you start as a new police constable you’ll automatically be enrolled as a member of the Police Pension Scheme 2015. This isn’t compulsory and you can opt out if you wish.


Healthcare


Some police forces offer the opportunity to join a contributory private healthcare scheme and will also benefit from free eye tests and spectacles if you regularly use a computer.


Financial Services and Discounts


There are various partner organisations who work alongside the police to offer a variety of financial services including saving, investment, and protection products as well as discounts and subsidies. Similarly, many major High Street stores, retail outlets and other national organisations offer discounts and special deals to police officers. Most police forces provide access to a number of subsidised leisure and sporting activities which will be detailed further on their particular websites.


Personal Support and Advice


You will have access to support through the Police Federation and staff support associations to represent your needs. Each individual force will also have their own teams for occupational health and welfare and for those with caring responsibilities.


Police Now was started inside the Metropolitan Police Service in 2015. In 2016, we became independent and expanded to work with seven partner police forces. Officers from our 2017 cohort have been posted to one of 19 partner police forces.

Our 2018 partners are:

  • Bedfordshire Police
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Dorset Police
  • Essex Police
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • Humberside Police
  • Lancashire Constabulary
  • Merseyside Police
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Northumbria Police
  • Staffordshire Police
  • Thames Valley Police
  • West Midlands Police
  • West Yorkshire Police