This week we hear from PC Rees, a Police Now participant with Hertfordshire Constabulary. PC Rees shares his experience as an officer with a hidden disability: “My name is PC Oliver Rees and I was born three months prematurely, weighing 2 lbs. I have a form of mild Cerebral Palsy called Muscular Diplegia, because my … Continue reading “Policing with a disability”

26/03/19 Read Post

Applications are now open for Police Now’s National Detective Programme. Police Now’s CEO David Spencer introduces the mission and requirements behind the new Programme. I’m pleased to announce that following the success of the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Development Programme, we have now launched a new Police Now National Detective Programme . The new National Detective Programme … Continue reading “Police Now’s National Detective Programme Launch”

11/03/19 Read Post

During the second year of training with Police Now, participants can apply for an external secondment with one of our partner organisations, or an internal attachment with a specialist unit in their force. Secondments are offered across a range of private sector organisations and charities. This access supports participants’ professional development and presents valuable opportunities, … Continue reading “Veterans Aid and Police Now: the benefits of secondments”

31/01/19 Read Post

Nick Healey and Graeme Ironside from the Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) would like to hear from any Police Now participants who would be willing to be involved with the Mini Police. Nick’s blog below provides some information for any Police Now participant interested in social action and future opportunities to engage with the VPC. Mini … Continue reading “Mini Police needs you!”

17/01/19 Read Post

Police Now are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with the University of Huddersfield, to co-deliver a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. For participants starting with Police Now in 2019, the programme curriculum will be underpinned by the new Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). The PEQF is part of the … Continue reading “Police Now partnership with the University of Huddersfield”

29/11/18 Read Post

Police Now has brought together businesses and charities including Calm, London First, The Prince’s Trust, the National Literacy Trust, British Transport Police, Westfield, Facebook, Next, Vice, UNILAD, Mulberry Schools Trust and CBI to launch Take:90. The campaign aims to help reduce acts of aggression and impulsive violence caused by anger in everyday situations, for example … Continue reading “Take:90”

20/08/18 Read Post

Police Now opens applications for HEI partner Police Now is inviting applications from academic institutions to co-deliver and accredit the Police Now Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.  The HEI partner will start working with Police Now from this autumn to enhance and develop the existing Police Now programme, and will start co-delivering this with … Continue reading “Police Now opens applications for HEI partner”

30/07/18 Read Post

We are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for a Higher Education Institution to partner with us to further develop our award-winning National Graduate Leadership Programme. We are seeking to form a partnership with a leading university in the policing and criminology sector, to co-deliver a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. If … Continue reading “ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP”

09/07/18 Read Post

Luke Collet-Fenson, Transform Project Manager I’m currently on secondment to the Transform Alliance from the Civil Service Fast Stream. The Transform Alliance coordinates the actions of five frontline public sector organisations with a shared purpose (Teach First, Unlocked Graduates, Think Ahead, Frontline and Police Now) where their interests align to create a benefit not possible alone. I’m … Continue reading “Visiting the frontline with Police Now participant PC Brough”

06/07/18 Read Post

The Police Now National Detective Programme has now launched and is now open for applications. For more information, visit the Police Now Detective site. David Spencer, Police Now CEO and co-founder Today, the Home Office announced that it is providing funding for Police Now to develop a detective entry programme. There exists a well-publicised national shortage … Continue reading “Police Now awarded funding to develop Detective Training Programme”

11/06/18 Read Post

Dame Julia Cleverdon, Chair of the Transform Alliance, shares her reflections on the inaugural Transform Unconference. Recently I was privileged to join participants from Police Now, Teach First, Unlocked Graduates, Think Ahead and Frontline for the day at the Transform Alliance ‘Unconference’. The subject of the event was ‘Future Generations’ with a particular focus on vulnerable children and young adults. ‘Unconferencing’ For … Continue reading “Unconferencing with the Transform Alliance”

10/05/18 Read Post

By James Darley, Police Now Trustee Police Now is proud to be part of the Transform alliance of charities committed to delivering systemic change through collective action. The Transform Alliance brings together five charities which recruit, train and develop frontline public-sector workers to maximise the impact they can deliver. The specific members are Teach First … Continue reading “The Transform Alliance”

19/03/18 Read Post

I recently attended and presented at two separate one day ‘Evidence Based Policing’ (EBP) masterclasses for Police Now. There were a number of speakers from the police research world including practitioners, academics and researchers – Matt Ashby (NTU), Gloria Laycock (UCL), Levin Wheller (College of Policing) and Liam Fenn (Police Now) and Roger Pegram (GMP). … Continue reading “Emma Williams: Teaching and Learning at Police Now”

01/12/17 Read Post

A previous contributor to our blog, PC Mark McKay is a member of the Police Now cohort. In this post he tells about 3 days on patrol and how in this job – there really is no such thing as ‘an ordinary week’. Follow him on Twitter : @MPSCamberwellGN   Wednesday It’s an early start … Continue reading “Making a Difference”

29/04/16 Read Post

Today Sergeant Shirvin Zeinalzadeh is our contributor to the Police Now blog. He joined the Police Now in April as Cohort Communications Officer. On Saturday 2nd April 2016, Police Now Spring Induction participants were treated to an inspiring talk from Simon Woolley, the founder and director of Operation Black Vote. Simon delivered an excellent speech … Continue reading “Not One of Us?”

18/04/16 Read Post

Following a successful pilot year at the Metropolitan Police, the Police Now programme has now partnered up with six other police forces around the country. We’re delighted to announce that starting in September, Police Now recruits will be placed in the following forces: We’re proud to be working together with our police force partners and … Continue reading “Police Now has gone national!”

11/04/16 Read Post

by PC Ben Perkins, Programme Development Officer Last Friday and Saturday, we were delighted to welcome 117 members of Cohort II to the Hilton Doubletree, London Docklands, for their Spring Induction. This was our first opportunity to get (nearly) all of the members of our second cohort together and the room was buzzing with excitement. … Continue reading “Spring Induction, Complete!”

04/04/16 Read Post

In January, we were thrilled to host our first ever 100 Day Impact Event. Members of the public, our partner police forces and supporters of the program joined us for a full day of presentations to hear what members of the Police Now cohort have achieved in their first three months on the job. From … Continue reading “100 Day Impact Event”

28/02/16 Read Post

Today Chief Superintendent John Sutherland is our contributor to the Police Now blog. He is perhaps best known as the @policecommander but previously he has been the Borough Commander for Camden and Southwark in inner London. From January he will join the Police Now team as our Programme Director.   The continued development of Police … Continue reading “Rumours and Reservations”

09/12/15 Read Post

This is the third in a series of posts by our participants from the 2015 Police Now cohort where they have written about their experiences since graduating from the Police Now Summer Academy. PC Mark McKay is the Dedicated Ward Officer for Camberwell Green in Southwark, South London.   It was still dark as we … Continue reading “The Six O’Clock Knock”

12/11/15 Read Post

This week we’ve invited another of our participants from the 2015 Police Now cohort to write about their experience since graduating from the Police Now Summer Academy. PC Alice McNeil is the Dedicated Ward Officer for Plaistow South in Newham, East London.   Taking the time to reflect on my experiences since I was posted … Continue reading “ASB, Drugs and Rock n Roll”

02/11/15 Read Post

This week we’ve invited one of our participants from the 2015 Police Now cohort to write about their first 28 days since graduating from the Police Now Summer Academy. PC Rhian Samuda is the Dedicated Ward Officer for Northumberland Park in Haringey, North London.   Monday 7th September 2015. After an intense summer of training … Continue reading “28 days in my boots”

19/10/15 Read Post

Through an immensely creative training programme, full of sensitivity, humanity and challenge, that’s how. Picture this: A room full of graduates and career changers, seated in groups and ready to learn from today’s session. They’re here on an intensive summer training course which aims to prepare these ambitious trainees for an immensely intense but rewarding … Continue reading “Police Now’s Summer Academy: How do you get new recruits ready to be Police Officers in 6 weeks?”

15/09/15 Read Post

After coming off a fifteen hour shift having made my first arrest the day before, I neglected my eleven hour mandatory rest to make it into Whitechapel for just after eight thirty. Today’s going to be quiet I told myself. Tonight for the first time on field training I’m hoping to finish up for seven … Continue reading “The Longest Day”

31/08/15 Read Post
It’s Friday and as we head into the weekend, we thought we’d provide you with a few interesting sites focusing on Evidence-Based Policing, in particular where it concerns neighbourhood/community-based policing. Firstly, we have the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy ( based at George Mason University, Virginia, considered forerunners in the advancement of research into evidence-based … Continue reading Police Now – An Introduction to Evidence Based Policing and Community Policing
29/01/15 Read Post

In July 2013 we pitched the idea of Police Now to the Commissioner of the Met Police and about 150 colleagues at a C100 event. Today we started our first assessment centres for the 50 participants who’ll join Police Now next summer. It’s an incredibly competitive process – with over 1200 candidates applying for the … Continue reading “Police Now”

19/11/14 Read Post