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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 Midlands 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 Midlands communities challenged by crime.

West Midlands Police careers

West Midlands Police is the second largest police force in the country, covering an area of 348 square miles and serving a population of almost 2.8 million.

The region sits at the very heart of the country and covers the three major centres of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton. It also includes the busy and thriving districts of Sandwell, Walsall, Solihull and Dudley. Leisure, retail and conference amenities, together with Premiership and Championship football and Rugby teams, attract millions of visitors annually. Preparations are also well underway for hosting Coventry City of Culture in 2021 and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.

The West Midlands is an area rich in diversity, with 18 per cent of its population from ethnic minority backgrounds. The region also has the youngest population in the country and the most diverse outside of the capital. West Midlands Police are proud of their achievements, but are also continuously looking for new ways to improve the service, to prevent crime, protect the public and help those in need.

We have recruited 210 police officers across the West Midlands to date.

Through our partnership with West Midlands Police and neighbouring forces in the West Midlands region, we have recruited, trained and developed 210 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 Midlands Police with Police Now?

By joining West Midlands 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 Midlands Police graduate scheme

We are currently recruiting graduates to join West Midlands 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 Midlands 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 West Midlands. It’s up to you to find and manage local issues, and it doesn’t stop there.  

West Midlands Police is a very progressive force who is working hard to increase their number of police officers, bringing in an additional 1,200 new officers over the next three years.

Latia Suen | Neighbourhood police officer

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Our region is ‘Superdiverse’ with over 187 existing and migrating ethnicities and nationalities. Birmingham also has one of the youngest age demographics in Europe so engagement looks different now with social media being the preference. We also have a vibrant LGBT+ community which is attracted to the West Midlands because it is safe and has low crime.

Inclusion strategies are just as important for our communities as our workforce to enable us to build trust and friendship. We all engage with our communities but in different ways so having a diverse workforce is essential and. knowledge of cultural difference will have a profound impact.

West Midlands 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 Midlands 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 Midlands Police and all the steps you’ll go through in becoming a police officer with Police Now.

Devon & Cornwall Police

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Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

Cohorts: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled: 8

National Detective Programme

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