Join the police: Be a force for all

The Home Office national campaign to recruit 20,000 new police officers is the biggest in decades and represents a commitment to increase police numbers by 20,000 new officers over the next three years.

As part of this activity, Police Now will be responsible for recruiting a large number of outstanding graduates to become the next generation of leaders in policing.

Join the police to make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in society, while developing leadership skills for life in a unique environment no other graduate opportunity can offer.

Police Now graduate programmes are challenging and intensely rewarding. You’ll get used to performing under pressure, with a continuous cycle of growth and development. We’ll develop your skills in negotiation, problem solving, decision-making, as well as your resilience and emotional intelligence, allowing you to perform at the highest level as a police officer.

400 graduates started their policing career with us in 2019 with growth predicted for 2020

National Detective Programme

Applications open soon

Applications now closed​

Join the police: Be a force for communities throughout England and Wales

Police Now recruit high-achieving graduates from diverse backgrounds, especially those who haven’t previously considered policing.

We believe our officers should be as diverse as the communities they serve.

With a representative and diverse workforce, police forces are more effective in improving the public’s confidence and trust in policing.

Our 2019 Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme participants represent a wide range of backgrounds. Together we are stronger.

We strive to inspire and train graduates who are representative of the communities they serve:

  • 58% of our applicants had never considered joining the police
  • 17% are from a black, asian or minority ethnic background
  • 50% identify as female
  • 13% identify as LGBTQ
  • 51% are the first in their family to go to university

Join the Police: Police graduate scheme for outstanding graduates

Police Now’s national graduate programmes are unique graduate schemes especially designed to inspire and train ambitious graduates to become leaders in policing.

Our salaried two year programmes start with an intensive multi-week academy course, followed by 2 years on the job training in a specific community with your chosen police force.

Over two years you’ll be given the freedom to own and develop innovative ideas and techniques to tackle some of the long-term problems affecting the community. You’ll see and experience real results from the work you do during our programmes.

Our leadership and development officers will be with you every step of the way, helping set ambitious objectives to develop your leadership skills in an environment no other graduate scheme can offer.

Join the Police: Be a force for diversity and inclusion

Our Police Now National Detective Programme participants represent a wide range of backgrounds. Together we are stronger.

Of those who started the National Detective Programme in 2019

0 %

identify as female

1 %

identify as BAME

(45% whom were female)

They graduated from


different academic institutions

Across the cohort


unique languages
are spoken

0 %

identify as LGBTQ

Our national graduate programmes

Over five years, we’ve partnered with over 30 police forces across England and Wales to provide career opportunities nationwide. And, as we continue to grow, we are striving to bring our programmes to more forces.

Applications for the National Detective Programme open soon.

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What's it like to join the police?

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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