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Met Police graduate scheme with police now


Looking for Met Police jobs? Police Now’s award-winning two-year, paid graduate programmes offer the chance to apply your academic qualifications, personal background and ideas in a role that really matters – as a neighbourhood police officer or detective with the London Metropolitan Police Service.  

Police Now is an independent social enterprise, supported by the Home Office. This means we’re an organisation that aims to bring about improvements in society rather than profits for our organisation. 

By joining our Met Police graduate scheme, you’ll have access to a wide range of support for your personal and professional development.

police now:
Times Top 100 Graduate Employer

Start your Met Police Career through Police Now’s graduate programmes. Since our inception in 2015, we have won more than 30 awards – from our market-leading diversity and inclusion strategies to our innovative marketing campaigns and recruitment process, through to our two-year training and development programmes.

Through our partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, our tailoured Met Police graduate scheme offers a range of benefits for graduates looking to solve long-term problems. 

Police Now was voted one of the UK’s top graduate employers in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey 2023, as voted for by university finalists. 

Met Police Graduate Scheme:
Creating safer neighbourhoods

By joining a Safer Neighbourhoods Team as a police officer through Police Now's Met Police graduate scheme, you'll work on long-term problem solving. This gives you the chance to build relationships with individuals in the community and with other partner agencies such as social services, mental health services and other community resources. You will improve the quality of life for communities in London from day one.

Rise through the ranks, enhance your leadership skills, develop and inspire others and help shape the future of the world around you.

If you’re ready to solve long-term problems and build a graduate career with progression and purpose, join us. Change the story.

As part of Police Now's Met Police graduate scheme, you'll be assigned to a London neighbourhood comprising up to 20,000 residents, typically in an area of great need. Your role will involve cultivating connections with both community members and fellow officers. The trust you earn will encourage others to share information, ideas and concerns with you, helping you to build a bigger picture of what’s happening in your community. Working continuously within a single community means you get to know the challenges.
Your policing mentors and Police Now Performance and Development Coach work with you to:

Met Police Graduate Scheme:
Question Everything

Laying the foundations for a successful long-term detective career within the Met, our National Detective Programme will provide you with the platform needed to contribute as a team member straight away.

Over our two-year Met Police graduate scheme, you’ll develop your leadership and problem-solving skills to help maximise your impact. 

Within our Detective Programme, you’ll successfully accomplish a tailored Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice (GDPPP) in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University. This diploma empowers you to acquire and apply the academic knowledge essential for fostering an investigative mindset and making substantial improvements for the vulnerable individuals within the London communities you will serve. 

Our Graduate Diploma stands out for its direct correlation to the practical tasks you’ll undertake as a trainee detective constable and its role in nurturing your growth as an exemplary leader in law enforcement. 

A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

London thrives as a vibrant metropolis, where over 300 languages are spoken, and its various neighbourhoods are home to a rich tapestry of cultural and social distinctions. Law enforcement significantly benefits from the perspectives of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences. When police forces comprise a team that reflects the diverse makeup of their community, they become more effective at enhancing public trust and confidence in policing. Every decision you make presents an opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives. 

At the core of our mission is a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We wholeheartedly support the Metropolitan Police in their efforts to represent the communities they serve and cultivate a workforce that truly embraces inclusiveness. By joining Police Now’s Met Police graduate scheme, you’ll have the opportunity to be the change you want to see.

The essence of our work revolves around the impact made by Police Now participants, alumni and partners. This is consistently guided by our commitment to assessment and ongoing enhancement. To track our progress in alignment with our Case for Change – a comprehensive report outlining our efforts to break the cycle of crime and deprivation while ensuring high-quality everyday policing – we gather and analyse data across various dimensions. These include attraction, recruitment, diversity and inclusion, participant experience, attitudes and progression.  

Despite the inherent challenges, we also conduct a thorough analysis of data related to crime, anti-social behaviour and public confidence in the police within the communities where our participants serve. We collaborate closely with independent researchers and academic partners to achieve this. 

Career progression with Police Now

Our 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. 

Our alumni have access to ongoing career and progression support – both during training and post-graduation – to continue to drive this mission forward.

What does Police Now's national peer network provide?

The support offered to our participants continues beyond completion of the two-year Met Police graduate scheme through our Alumni and Ambassadors Network. In England and Wales, there are more than 2,000 Police Now graduates. You have the opportunity to tap into this vast national network, allowing you to discover how your peers have devised effective strategies to combat crime and anti-social behaviour throughout both regions. Ongoing knowledge-sharing is an effective way to further your understanding and development – helping you make the long-term changes that you – and your community – want to see.

Frontline Leadership Programme

As well as graduate programmes, Police Now offers serving officers the opportunity to apply to our one-year Frontline Leadership Programme, which prepares officers with high potential for promotion to leadership roles within the Met. The programme is open to all eligible officers who are aiming to progress from constable to sergeant rank.  

Met Police Graduate Scheme: Q&A

Our Met Police graduate scheme provides university graduates with structured training, professional development and entry-level job opportunities within an organisation, helping them transition from academia to the working world. It is designed to nurture talented individuals, equipping them with the skills and experience necessary for a successful career in their chosen field. 

The competitiveness of getting into a graduate scheme can vary widely depending on the industry, the organisation and the specific programme. In some fields and with certain employers, graduate schemes can involve a rigorous selection process that may include assessments, interviews and assessment centres.  

It’s important for candidates to research the requirements and application process for the specific graduate schemes they are interested in and to be prepared to showcase their skills, qualifications and enthusiasm for the programme.  

To join Police Now’s Met Police graduate scheme, you must first check your eligibility to apply here. If eligible, take a look at our top tips and guidance on the application process 

We also provide answers to FAQs about the application process but if you have a specific question you need help with, our recruitment team is here to advise and support you: [Contact us] 

  • Your salary starts when you begin the Police Now Academy. 
  • You can expect a starting salary within the Met Police of £36,775 rising to £37,975 at week 30 as a neighbourhood police officer in London.
  • Your salary will increase each year up to over £54,000 within seven years as a neighbourhood police officer in London.
  • Some of our graduates seek promotion after they have successfully completed our two-year Met Police graduate scheme and you can get support from Police Now with this. 

It’s important that we select the right candidates to place on our programmes and into policing.

Demand and competitiveness for a place on one of our programmes is high, however there is support in place throughout the recruitment process to help you succeed.

We’ve brought over 2,798 talented and diverse police officers into policing to date through the National Graduate Leadership Programme (2,084) and National Detective Programme (714).

  • Graduates with a 2:2 degree or higher can apply to become a Met Police neighbourhood police officer. 
  • To become a detective through our Met police graduate scheme, a minimum 2.1 is required.


Everything you need to know about the application process and timings can be found here. 

It’s a two-year graduate programme – putting graduates on the frontline of policing. You can find more information on how our programme is structured here.

There’s no official limit on when you can apply for a graduate job. There’s also no upper age limit for applying to the police service, but bear in mind that the normal retirement age is 60 years and that new constable recruits are required to undertake a two-year probationary period.  

Joining Police Now’s Met police graduate scheme is worthwhile for individuals seeking structured training, career development and a pathway into their chosen field. It provides valuable opportunities to develop your skills and network making it a beneficial option for many graduates. 

The benefits of joining the Met Police through Police Now’s national graduate programmes:

  • Earn while you learn – a salary paid from day one of our training academy.
  • A full-time position with the Metropolitan Police upon graduation.   
  • Leadership development training.  
  • Access to coaching, support and mentorship.  
  • A national peer network of over 2,000 working in communities across England and Wales.  
  • Secondment opportunities inside and outside policing with different partner organisations, such as the Home Office.  

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Scott Chilton - Dorset Police Chief Constable

Scott Chilton

Chief Constable

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