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Change the story

Do you think differently? Can you work with others to create new solutions to long-term societal problems? Do you want a meaningful career that improves the lives of those around you?

If so, you should consider joining Kent Police with Police Now. Police Now works in partnership with Kent Police to attract, train and develop graduates to become police officers who transform communities. The National Graduate Leadership Programme is a salaried, two-year programme and offers a unique opportunity to make a real and immediate impact while developing transferable leadership skills for life.

Society needs neighbourhood police officers as diverse as the communities they serve across the Kent region, to solve long term societal problems. We need people like you to bring the diversity of your background and experiences to make a positive and lasting difference in the South East to communities challenged by crime.

Police detective jobs in Kent

Question everything, become a detective.

Society is changing. People demand better, for our communities, and from our police service.

You want change: a real way to tackle the problems destroying people’s lives.

You question everything, never accepting things the way they are. Despite barriers, you’re willing to do what it takes to change the world around you.

By becoming a police detective, you can make this happen.

Kent Police careers

With a population of 1.7 million, Kent is the gateway to Europe with large ports and train terminals in Folkstone, Dartford and Dover. Bordering four counties (including London), including the famous cathedral cities of Canterbury and Rochester as well as urban towns and small rural villages, all linked by a large strategic road network (M25, M2, M20 and M26), Kent offers a diverse range of communities and policing environments. It’s also home to Europe’s largest retail and leisure centre (Bluewater) catering for 28 million visitors a year.

No two days are ever the same with Kent Police. They have a large number of specialist teams to help keep victims, residents, visitors and businesses across the county safe.

Neighbourhood policing is the bedrock of policing in Kent. Through neighbourhood officers Kent Police aim to build better relationships with communities, reduce crime and bureaucracy, and deliver a more effective service so all communities in Kent can flourish.

We have recruited 662 police officers across forces in the South East to date.

Through our partnership with Kent Police and neighbouring forces in the South East region, we have recruited, trained and developed 662 graduates to become neighbourhood police officers on the National Graduate Leadership Programme since 2015.

James Pullen Neighbourhood police officer
James Pullen | Neighbourhood police officer

Why join Kent Police with Police Now?

By joining Kent Police through Police Now’s national graduate programmes, you’ll benefit from our unique range of support and development features specially designed to develop your career and your impact in policing.

You’ll get a whole host of Police Now benefits unique to our national graduate programmes.


Police Now stood out as different. I felt that through a programme that was so in line with what I connected with; it was the right way to go into policing. I think what sets Police Now apart - and why it is important - is that it really embraces you as an individual. I can honestly say that. It gives you the opportunity to be yourself and then be a police officer.

Since completing the National Graduate Leadership Programme, I have transitioned into a detective role investigating serious and complex crime. Being a detective leaves a lasting impact on people’s lives and there is nothing more rewarding or important than that.

Upile Mtitimila
Upile Mtitimila | Neighbourhood police officer

Kent Police graduate scheme

We are looking for graduates to join Kent Police through our national graduate programmes.

National Graduate Leadership Programme

As a neighbourhood police officer you will work within diverse communities, devise long term strategic solutions and work collaboratively in a multi agency approach to solve crimes and systemic problems.

National Detective Programme

As a detective you care, it’s a serious career choice. You act on instinct and grow your capacity to change communities by delivering excellence in policing.

Kent Police recruitment

Our focus on diversity and inclusion

Can you bring communities together? As a neighbourhood police officer it’s your job to build a relationship with your community in Kent. It’s up to you to find and manage local issues, and it doesn’t stop there.  

Kent Police are committed to a fair and equitable career pathway for members of under-represented groups, supporting career progression of anyone who demonstrates the talent to reach the next step.

Latia Suen | Neighbourhood police officer

Police Now | Kent Police


Equality and diversity is core to our recruitment. Increasing diversity across the workforce by recruiting people from a wide range of backgrounds, with diverse skills and experiences, is key to becoming more representative of the communities Kent Police serve.

A more representative Kent Police means a more effective policing service for every community in Kent.

Kent Police

Are you eligible to apply?

Before you apply, make sure you meet our eligibility criteria with our online guide.​

Our criteria for entry to the programme follow national standards for new police officers. Take a look at the full details to make sure you are eligible before applying to Kent Police. 

How you apply

You want a career where you can make an impact. Are you prepared to start the application process?

Being prepared is the first step in being successful in your application. Before you apply, make sure to thoroughly read this information and have everything you need to start your journey.

Find out how you apply for Kent Police and all the steps you’ll go through in becoming a police officer with Police Now.

Dorset Police

Police Now | Dorset Police
Scott Chilton - Dorset Police Chief Constable

Scott Chilton

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

Cohorts: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled: 6

National Detective Programme

Cohorts: —— —— —— —— 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled:

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