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A rewarding career

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Our National Detective Programme offers more than a job, it’s a career package. You can expect:
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You’ll also get a whole host of Police Now benefits unique to our  national graduate programmes.

Starting salary

Your salary starts when you begin the Police Now Academy.

National Detective Programme – £28, 551

Economic Crime, City of London Police – £36, 775

Counter Terrorism, Metropolitan Police Service (London) – £36, 775


You’ll start with 22 days paid annual holiday, rising to 30 days a year with length of service.

This is on top of public holidays and an average of at least two rest days each working week. You can also expect other forms of leave including adoption, maternity and paternity.

Flexible working

The police service is an emergency service operating 24/7 and 365 days a year.

However, it’s always the intention of the police service to try and take your individual religious and cultural needs into account so you can fit your work around your personal commitments.


One of the best pension schemes around.

When you start as a new police officer you’ll automatically be enrolled as a member of the Police Pension Scheme 2015, which is considered to be among the best around. This isn’t compulsory and you can opt out if you wish.


Contributory private healthcare scheme.

Some police forces offer the opportunity to join a contributory private healthcare scheme. You’ll also benefit from free eye tests and glasses if you regularly use a computer.

Financial services discounts

There are various partner organisations who work alongside the police to offer a variety of financial services including saving, investment and protection products, as well as discounts and subsidies.

Many major high street shops, retail outlets and other national organisations also offer discounts and special deals to police officers. Most police forces also provide access to a number of subsidised leisure and sporting activities.

Personal support and advice

Police Federation & staff support associations.

You’ll have access to support through the Police Federation and staff support associations, who are there to represent your needs. Each individual force also has their own team for occupational health and welfare and for those with caring responsibilities.

Training and development

Regular training, events and skills sessions.

All our participants get one-to-one mentoring with a Police Now Performance Development Coach (PDC) who will support and coach you throughout your two years on the programme. Your PDC will work with you on a tailored Personal Development Plan (PDP) to encourage your growth throughout the two years. They provide guidance and advice on your project work, identifying your strengths, as well as areas where you can improve.

Beyond the two-year programme

Help and support from Police Now.

After you finish our programme the support doesn’t stop. We have an alumni team who will continue to support your professional and personal development. This includes expert support on promotion applications, skills development sessions and social events.

As part of the programme you will complete a bespoke Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice, which allows you to step back from the day-to-day and learn the theory to drive real change for the communities you will serve. Our graduate diploma is distinctive due to its positioning as an essential and core part of training and developing outstanding leaders in policing. Drawing on the latest elements and developments within the criminological landscape, top academic experts will deliver a nationally-recognised course. Your studies will give you the chance to learn and develop your skills and knowledge in a variety of ways utilising an expansive hub of resources that will challenge you in the most engaging way possible.

Core requirements

To be eligible to join our programmes you must:

Before you apply, make sure you read our full eligibility criteria.

Hear from our participants

Support from Performance Development Coaches has been phenomenal.

There are a number of people looking after our welfare and making sure we've got the things we need.

I wanted something that would really benefit me and my family.

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Scott Chilton - Dorset Police Chief Constable

Scott Chilton

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

Cohorts: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled: 6

National Detective Programme

Cohorts: —— —— —— —— 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled:

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