Be the leader
you want to see


The next move for leaders like you

The Police Now Frontline Leadership Programme is a one-year leadership development programme which prepares police officers with high potential for promotion to leadership roles. The programme is open to all eligible officers from our partner forces who are aiming to progress from constable to sergeant rank.

The programme consists of five in-person taught days, with online learning modules between each taught day designed to consolidate and implement your learning, with support from your dedicated Progression and Development Officer throughout.

The taught days are designed to progressively build your skillset to help you achieve promotion, improve your operational competence, and prepare you to become an outstanding policing leader of the future.

Programme Launch Taught Day 1

Taught Day 2

Taught Day 3

Taught Day 4

Graduation Taught Day 5

12 month programme

The programme is focused on developing your potential regardless of background or career route. It’s a programme for police officers who want to positively change the destiny of communities, leading from the front in ways that build trust and confidence in our police service.  

It supports talented police officers from all backgrounds and pays particular attention to the barriers often faced by officers from underrepresented groups.  

About Police Now

What you'll gain from the programme
Since the programmes launch in 2021, Police Now are supporting over 400 constables towards promotion to sergeant

Police Now’s mission is to transform communities, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and increase the public’s confidence in the police service by recruiting, developing and inspiring outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline.

Police Now offer three national programmes for outstanding individuals and the next generation of leaders in policing: 

Frontline Leadership Programme

For serving constables

Launched in 2021, this one-year programme focuses on developing current constables with the skills and confidence to progress to sergeant rank. The programme is open to officers from all backgrounds and pays particular attention to the barriers faced by officers who are underrepresented in policing. Those joining the programme need to be ambitious and motivated officers seeking promotion to the next level of leadership.

National Graduate Leadership Programme

For university graduates

This programme trains and develops talented graduates to become leaders in neighbourhood policing. Participants are placed in some of the most challenged and deprived communities in England and Wales, applying problem-solving techniques and developing innovative solutions to address the most pressing challenges facing communities.

National Detective Programme

For university graduates

Launched in 2019, this programme is designed to equip participants with the core skills required to undertake modern investigative police work. Throughout the two-year programme, participants draw on their problem-solving skills to tackle serious and complex crimes, improve victim satisfaction and increase the public’s confidence in policing.

In-force collaboration

We partner with police forces across England and Wales. Participating forces will select a senior sponsor who’s committed to the success of the Frontline Leadership Programme and will work with Police Now to enable you succeed on the programme. They’ll set the expectation in force that police officers taking part in the programme are expected to apply for promotion at the earliest opportunity.

Lead the change

Prepare yourself for promotion

Achieving promotion is challenging. This programme will give you knowledge and tools you can use to build your skills and develop the mindset you need to achieve promotion.

It builds on your existing experience to embed the leadership skills and foundational knowledge you’ll need to be successful in the promotion process. You’ll gain an understanding of how to navigate promotion, working with a Police Now Progression and Development Officer to understand your force-specific promotion process.

With a shortage of sergeants predicted in policing by 2024, this programme offers you the opportunity to move into a prime position to progress your career and fill this shortage with confidence.

You’ll come away with a renewed drive and urgency to continue your own development and progress, inspired to push for change within your force and your communities.

This is your opportunity to take the next step in your journey with Police Now as part of a unique group of officers who joined policing to drive change in the police service and in society. It’s your chance to lead that change at the next level of seniority.

The aims of the programme:


"It's an amazing opportunity, once you step into that leadership role, to start to shape the organisation."

Upile Mtitimila | Detective Inspector, Cheshire Constabulary

It’s the work you put in that makes you right for the job

It takes determination and commitment to lead positive change.

Promotion brings greater responsibility and opportunity to lead change, for your team and for the communities you serve. This programme is designed specifically for police officers who want to positively change the destiny of communities, leading from the front in ways that build trust and confidence in our police service.

We use innovative learning techniques to develop disruptive leaders equipped to tackle current and future policing challenges. Our curriculum teams are made up of educationalists and policing professionals using best practice techniques that build operational confidence.

Evidence-based problem solving and emotional intelligence, particularly empathy, are essential leadership skills in policing for building public confidence, valuing diversity and difference and making sure officers are equipped to deal with the range of emotional situations they will find on the policing frontline. The programme produces leaders who can address long term challenges and lead positive change, building frontline effectiveness and strengthening teams within the police service. It will equip you to tackle current and future policing challenges with the highest level of policing practice and leadership capability.

You’ll be part of a culture of innovation, with a leadership mindset and approach that will serve you for your next promotion opportunity and allow you to succeed and thrive throughout your entire career.


Diversity drives innovation and significantly improves performance on the frontline.

Developing a diverse group of exceptional police officers who are representative of the communities they serve is essential in building public trust and improving effectiveness in frontline policing. Better representation leads to a stronger understanding of the challenges faced by our communities. In turn, this means more effective solutions that are better suited to the needs of our communities.

This programme will increase diversity in operational senior ranks, supporting talented police officers from all backgrounds and paying particular attention to the barriers often faced by officers from underrepresented groups. It’s a way for officers from underrepresented groups to prepare for promotion and to thrive in frontline leadership roles.

Upile Mtitimila | Detective Inspector
Cheshire Constabulary

“Equal representation is so important in senior ranks because that's where critical decisions are made that shape an entire organisation and institution and a police force."

Hear from our people

Do you have what it takes to lead the change? Seeking promotion is a big step in your career. Hear why the Frontline Leadership Programme is the next step in your journey.

Shaping policing through equal representation

"I joined the Frontline Leadership Programme because I wanted to utilise the network, learning material, and development opportunities available. What really sold the programme to me was the mock board interview practice, as from previous experience going in front of the board, I knew this was an area I wanted to develop my confidence in.

I think it’s important to take the support that’s offered to you and always strive to learn new skills and develop existing ones, in order to get where you want to be and start affecting real change as a leader in policing."

Police Constable Emma Cantrell-Johnson,

Humberside Police

Frontline Leadership Programme - Police Now
Millie Tanner | Temporary Inspector, Thames Valley Police

Can you lead from the front and inspire others with your actions? Are you ready to take the next step in your career?

Your ability to take action makes you the leader we need.

Prepare to meet your ambition.

Have an impact in communities

The programme focuses on building a culture of leadership and innovation to tackle long-standing policing challenges in communities challenged by crime, building operational effectiveness and strengthening teams within the police service.

So far, we’ve successfully recruited over 2,000 high performing police and detective constables leading positive change in their communities.

Communities where our programme participants operate show an 11.7% reduction in recorded anti-social behaviour (compared to 7.2% with no Police Now participant), and a 17% increase in young people’s (16-24-year olds) confidence in the police (compared with 3% increase without a Police Now participant).

This programme will produce sergeants and inspectors who can represent all communities, champion positive change, build trust, and address long-term challenges, so that everyone in society, especially the most vulnerable, has a chance to thrive.

Applications are now closed

Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

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

National Detective Programme

Cohorts: —— —— —— —— 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled:

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