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Be the change you want to see

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.

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.

As part of this activity, Police Now is working in partnership with the Home Office to recruit a large number of outstanding graduates to become the next generation of leaders in policing.

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.

You’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.

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Join the police | Be the difference

Join the police

Police Now is working with the Home Office and police forces across England and Wales to support an uplift in police officers.

Our two-year programme provides you with the professional development and structure to become an outstanding neighbourhood police officer.

Our National Graduate Leadership Programme is multi-award winning graduate recruitment scheme known for our innovative and diverse graduates.

Graduate police jobs

We are currently recruiting graduates to join the 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.

You'll be there

Visible, reliable, proud

Join the police through Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme and become a neighbourhood police officer, making a positive impact in communities and developing leadership skills for life.

You could be eligible to apply for our National Graduate Leadership Programme if you can answer yes to the following:

Join the police: Be the difference 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.

Together we are stronger.

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of our applicants had never considered joining the police

We strive to inspire and train graduates who are representative of the communities they serve. Police Now is proud that of its 562 participants on the 2020 cohort:

PC Safyaan Javid
Safyaan Javid | Neighbourhood police officer

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 two 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.

Why join the police?

Many of our participants had never thought about joining the police before learning about the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme. Find out what motivated our neighbourhood police officers to join.

What's special about joining with Police Now?

Find out what makes joining the police on the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme a unique and special experience.

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 are now open for our National Detective Programme. You can apply to join one of our partner forces:


Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

National Detective Programme

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