What’s Holding You Back?


How To Apply

There are lots of preconceptions and misconceptions regarding joining the police service that may make you waiver in your decision to apply. In this section we hope to dispel some of these myths.

The police is an emergency service operating around the clock. You can expect to work shifts, including some nights and weekends. You’ll be advised of your shifts with plenty of notice so that you can plan ahead, and your force will try to accommodate leave requests providing there is sufficient notice and they fit in with operational requirements.

Policing will sometimes place you in a dangerous situation. However, these are situations you will be incredibly prepared for due to extensive training. You will always have the back up of your colleagues and that feeling of being part of a team that is wholly dedicated to supporting each other when help is needed.

Your friends or your family may have had a negative experience with the police. This should not be a hesitation to apply but an incentive to change the perception of this career. New recruits will play a big part in bringing in new ideas and a fresh perspective. By joining us, you can play your part in building even more confidence in the police and changing the status quo.

You will need to pass a fitness test and medical assessment as part of the recruitment process. However, you don’t have to be an Olympian to pass. If you exercise regularly, you shouldn’t have a problem reaching the required level. Although there are some medical considerations which would limit your ability to undertake all parts of the police officer role, there are thousands of officers in post now who manage various conditions without this detracting from their day to day role.

We aim for application to offer to take less than 8 weeks. Our application form does not involve any long competency questions and you can save where you are and come back to it as many times as you want. The application window opens in September, but we always recommend applying as soon as possible as places are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

You don’t need to have completed the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing to apply for Police Now. And you don’t need to have worked as a Special Constable or in any other policing role. In fact, you don’t need to have had any specific prior work experience. People come to us from a huge range of different university and career backgrounds. The most important thing is that you demonstrate the behavioural capabilities we are looking for.

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:

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