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Change the story

Do you think differently? Do you want a meaningful career that improves the lives of those around you, a career where no two days are the same?

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 offer 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 South Yorkshire region, to improve the lives of those around them. We need people like you to bring the diversity of your experiences to make a positive and lasting difference in South Yorkshire to communities challenged by crime.

question everything,
become a detective

Applications will open soon for our 2025 National Detective Programme.

Police detective jobs in South Yorkshire

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.

South Yorkshire Police careers

South Yorkshire is a place to find jaw-dropping scenery, cities steeped in industrial heritage and hidden market towns in equal measure. South Yorkshire has something for everyone, and allows you to experience the beauty of rolling hills and landscapes together with vibrant and cosmopolitan towns and cities.

With an array of music, sport, art and culture, a rich history, thriving economy and some of the best schools, colleges and universities, South Yorkshire makes an ideal home for all generations. The region is well serviced by strong transport links, including the M1 linking neighbouring counties Derbyshire and West Yorkshire, while. Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in the UK with the Peak District national park on the doorstep.

South Yorkshire Police work with a diverse range of communities across a population of 1.4 million people in the four borough councils of City of Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley, as well as rural communities and towns. As a neighbourhood police officer you’ll play a central role in building effective, trusted relationships with these communities.

We have recruited 122 police officers across forces in Yorkshire & The Humber to date.

Through our partnership with South Yorkshire Police and neighbouring forces in Yorkshire & The Humber, we have recruited, trained and developed 305 graduates to become neighbourhood police officers on the National Graduate Leadership Programme since 2017.

Larry Brown | Trainee Detective Constable
Larry Brown | Detective Constable

Why join South Yorkshire Police with Police Now?

By joining South Yorkshire 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 | Detective Sergeant

South Yorkshire Police recruitment

Our focus on diversity and inclusion

A more diverse workforce will build trust and confidence across communities, will improve engagement and sharing of information and provide both officers and staff with the skills to deliver a more confident and professional service.

South Yorkshire Police is currently under-represented from black and minority ethnic backgrounds including Eastern European and Chinese communities, from those with disability, from women and from the LGBTQ+ communities.

We are very keen to encourage applications from these groups and to support them through every stage of the process.

National Detective Programme
Tary Kufa | Detective Constable

South Yorkshire Police graduate scheme

We are looking for graduates to join South Yorkshire 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.


We are an organisation that welcomes, supports, encourages and values all staff and officers from underrepresented communities.

Good policing is about contact with new ideas, and diversity in people creates diversity of thought. By increasing our own diversity, we are better able to protect and serve all our communities.

We have a number of staff networks and diverse mentors that can be accessed and support you during your career. From social interaction, peer support and personal development, our staff networks and mentors, run by our own staff and officers, bring people together from all our underrepresented communities.

Core requirements

To be eligible to join our programmes you must:

Before you apply, make sure you read our full eligibility criteria.

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 South Yorkshire 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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