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Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police jobs

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 may be eligible to join a Police Now award winning two-year national graduate programme. This is a unique opportunity to join the police through one of our Times Top 100 graduate employment schemes, which offers support, mentorship, and personal career development opportunities throughout the two-year programme.

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

Police detective jobs in Northumberland

Do you notice?

Do you notice? Are you a problem solver? Someone who can communicate with anyone?  Can you gain the trust of those around you?

If so, you could become a police detective with the Northumbria Police through Police Now’s National Detective Programme. You must have a minimum 2:2 university degree and meet our criteria to apply for the programme, which will give you the skills you need for modern investigative work and positively impact communities in Northumberland.

Northumbria Police careers

Northumbria Police is one of the largest in the country and is recognised as one of the top performing in the UK. Northumbria Police serves a population of 1.5 million people and covers an area of more than 2,000 square miles in the North East of England, from the Scottish border down to County Durham and from the Pennines across to the North East coast.

Northumbria’s vision and mission are underpinned by a set of core values which define the standards they have set:

These core values create an environment where all officers, staff and volunteers are proud to work, proud to represent Northumbria Police, and proud to deliver an outstanding service.

We have recruited 70 police officers for Northumbria Police to date.

Through our partnership with Northumbria Police we have recruited, trained and developed 70 graduates to become neighbourhood police officers on the National Graduate Leadership Programme since 2017. 

Larry Brown | Trainee Detective Constable
Larry Brown | Trainee Detective Constable

Why join Northumbria Police with Police Now?

By joining Northumbria 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.


It was a great route for me coming into policing via Police Now, I joined to change my career path. I’ve had great experiences in all-round policing, on response, in an investigator role – I’ve had challenges and have enjoyed the variety and bigger picture that the Police Now route enabled me to have.

Northumbria Police have been so supportive to me – I’ve had great supervision, I work on a great team, and have been able to pursue opportunities with the Neighbourhood Team I’m in.

Maggie Aston | Police Now
Maggie Ashton | Neighbourhood police officer

Northumbria Police Graduate Scheme

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

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.

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.

Northumbria 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 the North East. It’s up to you to find and manage local issues, and it doesn’t stop there.  

Northumbria Police is committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion amongst its workforce, eliminating discrimination, and promoting equality of opportunity irrespective of ‘protected characteristics’.

Tary Kufa | Trainee Detective Constable

Police Now | Northumbria Police


In Northumbria, we are passionate about where we live, what we do and the sense of belonging our communities feel.

Our Positive Action programme supports under-represented groups to join our police family, helping us to build an inclusive workforce with a diversity of skills and knowledge. After all, it's our difference that makes us stronger.

Northumbria 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 Northumbria 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 and all the steps you’ll go through in becoming a police officer.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

National Detective Programme

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