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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.

Society needs neighbourhood police officers as diverse as the communities they serve across the West Mercia 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 to West Mercia communities challenged by crime.

West Mercia Police careers

The name West Mercia comes from the ancient kingdom of Mercia. Today West Mercia Police serve over 1 million people across 3,000 square miles of Herefordshire, Shropshire (including Telford and Wrekin) and Worcestershire.

They’re involved in a diverse range of policing environments from densely populated urban areas on the edge of Birmingham as well as Telford, Shrewsbury, and Worcester, to sparsely populated rural communities.
West Mercia Police are committed to creating a safe place for people to live and work so communities across the region can flourish. Neighbourhood policing is the bedrock of community policing, and West Mercia Police’s neighbourhood officers are crucial to effective community policing.


Through our partnership with West Mercia Police and neighbouring forces in the West Midlands region, we have recruited, trained and developed 162 graduates to become neighbourhood police officers on the National Graduate Leadership Programme since 2017. 

James Pullen Neighbourhood police officer
James Pullen | Neighbourhood police officer

Why join West Mercia Police with Police Now?

By joining West Mercia 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

West Mercia Police graduate scheme

We are looking for graduates to join West Mercia Police 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.

West Mercia Police recruitment

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

West Mercia Police have a focus on attracting and retaining the best applicants from a range of backgrounds to serve the public. 

Latia Suen | Neighbourhood police officer

Police Now | West Mercia Police


Workplace diversity is essential to organisational success. Attracting staff with different backgrounds and experiences brings a variety of perspectives on matters, and brings creativity and innovation to the organisation.

Diversity is particularly important within law enforcement organisations, because policing is most successful when it represents its communities, encouraging greater community support and helping forces understand the needs of the public.

West Mercia 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 West Mercia 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 West Mercia 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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