Police Now National Graduate Programmes
Our National Graduate Leadership programme has a straightforward, four-step recruitment process which you will receive feedback on your performance, whether you are successful or not, at key stages to help you with your own development.
We expect the application form to take no longer than 60 minutes to complete on average.
In the application form, you’ll be asked for details which will enable us to check your eligibility. This will include:
Following a successful application review, you will be invited to complete the next stage of the process, our immersive assessment.
2. Immersive assessment
First, you’ll take part in an immersive assessment, where you’ll be taken through realistic scenarios you could encounter as neighbourhood police officer. We want to see how you react in different situations, and what you think would be the most effective and least effective response to each scenario.
Typically the immersive assessment takes 45 minutes to complete, with an additional 10 minutes for the practice assessment.
Before you begin your immersive assessment you will be emailed a handbook to help you prepare. You will have seven days to complete it.
3. Assessment centre
If you pass the immersive assessment, you will be able to book a date and time slot at our assessment centre. These are currently taking place virtually.
The assessment centre is an opportunity for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about the programme. It’s important that you know your motivations for applying to Police Now, show a clear understanding of the programme structure, and remember to be yourself throughout.
The virtual assessment centre is a unique and fully immersive experience. You’ll get a snapshot of the role you can play in bringing about positive impact and change for vulnerable communities, as you experience a series of scenarios designed to give you the chance to showcase your character, attitude and aptitude for policing.
You will be offered support from our recruitment team to help you prepare ahead of the assessment centre. We offer pre-assessment centre coaching sessions to everyone who gets through to this stage. You can book your coaching session through your candidate portal.
Following a successful assessment centre you will be offered a conditional place on the programme. You will be assigned a Recruitment Officer who will be you point of contact through your onboarding journey right up until your first day at the Police Now Academy. They will work to support you with everything you need before starting the programme, track your progress through the various stages, and liaise between you and your force.
You will be provided access to an onboarding platform, this includes all the information you’ll need before joining the programme, including a number of useful resources to help you feel prepared for your new role and access to a discussion wall to meet fellow offer holders.
You’ll attend various events during onboarding, including the Police Now Induction where you will find out more about the programme, and hear from inspirational speakers, current participants on the programme and your force. At your Force Induction, you’ll have the opportunity to visit your force and hear more about your role in detail.
Throughout your onboarding, we’ll offer guidance to support you in completing your pre-employment checks.
We carry out a number of standard checks for joining the police, including:
We’ll also provide guidance on:
Supporting your success
What makes our graduate leadership scheme stand out from all the others?
Our participants all say it’s the influence they have in society through policing and the individual development they receive throughout your journey.
From the moment you apply, you’ll have access to resources and development opportunities created by a team who understand your needs, who appreciate your experiences and want to see you succeed.
What's the application process like?
Our participants give their view on the Police Now application and recruitment process.
Help and useful links
Do you have questions about applying? From choosing a programme to checking your eligibility.
TALK TO OUR TEAM
Our recruitment team are here to advise and support you during the application process.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
Join our mailing list to keep updated on career opportunities, Police Now insights and news.
HOW TO APPLY
Access top tips and guidance on the application process for our national graduate programmes.