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Change the story

The challenge is great and so is the need for talented graduates to join.

We have seen the recent media reports detailing examples of utterly disgraceful behaviour by some police officers, towards the public, both historically and more recently. Police Now exists to recruit great people into policing, to train them intensively and innovatively, and to enable them to harness the good bits of policing culture and relentlessly to challenge and cast out the bad ones.

Together with our partner police forces, we want to make things better. That is why we need outstanding graduates like you, to work with the thousands of other progressive and forward-thinking police officers in the service to change the story.

Join Police Now's National Graduate Leadership Programme

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 may be eligible for Police Now’s award winning two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme. This is a unique opportunity to join the police through our Times Top 100 graduate employment scheme, which offers support, mentorship, and personal career development opportunities throughout the two-year programme.

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London itself has a population of 8.8million and with more than 43,000 officers and staff, The Metropolitan Police Service is the largest police force in the UK. 

The Met’s vision is to make London the safest global city by being the best crime-fighters, by any measure; earning the trust and confidence of every community and taking pride in the quality and efficiency of their service so people love, respect and are proud of London’s Met. 

While the expectations of what their police officers will achieve are high, the Metropolitan Police Service is committed to providing Police Now participants with the training, support and tools needed to complement Police Now’s training, enabling neighbourhood police officers to have a significant impact in London’s most challenging communities.  


Through our partnership with The Metropolitan Police Service, we have recruited, trained and developed 417 graduates to become neighbourhood police officers on the National Graduate Leadership Programme since 2015

Anokhi Chouhan | Neighbourhood police officer

Why join The Met Police with Police Now?

By joining The Metropolitan Police Service 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.


The role of a neighbourhood police officer is really about bringing people together. I work with the Harrow Row ward based in North Westminster. It's very residential and very diverse. I also deal with a lot of young adults and youths generally, who tend to engage in a lot of anti-social behaviour, such as drinking or smoking cannabis. So day to day I find myself engaging with these individuals.

As a neighbourhood police officer, it's not necessarily about punishing these youths for the ASB they're engaging in, it's more about building a relationship and trying to guide them to engage in more positive activities. So, spending their time hanging out together and playing sports, as opposed to engaging in criminal activity. So by being a neighbourhood police officer, the main role is to build that core relationship, reducing crime and increasing the public's confidence in the police.

James Pullen | Neighbourhood Police Officer | The Met Police
James Pullen | Neighbourhood police officer

Met Police graduate scheme

We are looking for graduates to join The Met Police in London, through our National Graduate Leadership Programme. 

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.

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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 London. It’s up to you to find and manage local issues, and it doesn’t stop there.  

The Met Police continues to strive to represent the global city it serves and develop a truly inclusive workforce. The force are actively engaged in plans to further increase the proportion of female and black, Asian and minority ethnic officers joining and forging a career path within policing. 

Latia Suen | Neighbourhood police officer

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The Met is the most diverse police service in the UK, with half of Britain’s ethnic minority officers working here, and I am committed to continuing these trends, making the Met an organisation that not only reflects London in its diversity but welcomes in people from every background.

Cressida Dick DBE QPM

The Metropolitan Police Service

Are you eligible to apply?

Before you apply to join the police, 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 The Metropolitan Police Service.

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 to join the police. 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 The Met Police and all the steps you’ll go through in becoming a police officer with Police Now.

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Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

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