How To Apply
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.
New police constables receive an average basic starting salary of £23,586 depending on their force. You could also receive location allowances of up to £6,735. The basic salary of a police constable rises to £39,150 plus allowances in line with Home Office guidelines.
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.
During the second year of the programme, you will have an exciting opportunity to spend up to four weeks on an external secondment or internal attachment within your force. External secondments are a fantastic way to experience professional life outside the police service. You will learn new skills, gain valuable experience, work with outside partners and contribute to our objective of bringing policing and society closer together. Internal attachments to specialist departments allow you to learn about different areas of the policing family. By developing your skills with new teams and by facing new policing challenges, you can start to plan for life after the programme.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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