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Join the police

Joining with Police Now

Participants choose to join the police through our programmes because they want more: more than a 9 to 5, more than an average career, more than a regular graduate scheme, and more than a standard route into policing. They want to wake up each day and know they’re making a real difference. They want the structure, discipline and personal attention not afforded in typical graduate schemes. They want an active role in society that will improve the lives of those around them.

From a wide range of degree disciplines and diverse backgrounds, Police Now graduates are natural leaders, and bring their diversity of knowledge, experience and innovation to challenge the complexity of crime, while contributing this knowledge and experience to a national network of Police Now participants and ambassadors within policing.

In return for your commitment, we offer you personal and professional skills and experiences that will serve you throughout your life. You’ll gain the tools, experiences and competencies needed to be an active and effective agent of change.

Through taught and on-the-job experience, you’ll gain unrivalled, industry-leading training to prepare you for your role. You’ll also have a team of in-force mentors to help you navigate and push through your ideas from within. You’ll also have your own Police Now personal development coach to help guide and shape your future.

You’ll have access to a nation-wide community of like-minded individuals. Your career, and the solutions you bring to society, will benefit from the shared thought leadership, rigorous evidence-based testing of new ideas, and inspiration that is part of participating in the Police Now family.

Different from standard entry routes into policing, joining the police through Police Now means joining the nation’s brightest minds as we develop leadership that will truly transform communities.

Join the police | Be the difference
Join the Police - Be the difference
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.

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What what makes our programme special

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 to join the police. 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.

Before you apply, make sure you meet our eligibility criteria with our online guide.

Some of the key requirements you must meet include:

Anokhi Chouhan | Neighbourhood police officer
Anokhi Chouhan | Neighbourhood police officer


It was a great route for me coming into policing via Police Now, I joined to change my career path. I’ve had great experiences in all-round policing, on response, in an investigator role – I’ve had challenges and have enjoyed the variety and bigger picture that the Police Now route enabled me to have.

Northumbria Police have been so supportive to me – I’ve had great supervision, I work on a great team, and have been able to pursue opportunities with the Neighbourhood Team I’m in.

Maggie Aston | Police Now
Maggie Aston | Neighbourhood police officer

Award-winning graduate recruiter

Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

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