Salary & benefits
How much can I earn?
When joining the Police Now National Detective Programme you’ll receive a competitive starting salary and a wide range of benefits.
✓ Salary: The average starting salary for our pilot cohort in 2019 was £20,370 with geographical pay variations. A basic detective salary starts from £24,177 plus allowances in line with Home Office guidelines.
✓ Leave: 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 maternity, paternity and adoption leave and the option of taking a career break of up to five years.
✓ Flexible working: The police service is an emergency service operating 24/7 and 365 days a year. However, it is always the intention of the police service to take your individual religious and cultural needs into account so you can fit your work around your personal commitments.
✓ Pension: When you start as a new police constable 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.
✓ Healthcare: Some police forces offer the opportunity to join a contributory private healthcare scheme. You will 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 stores, retail outlets and other national organisations 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: Once you have been offered a position on our programme, you will have a dedicated Recruitment Officer who will offer support and advice for you on your journey right the way up to your start date. Your Recruitment Officer will asist you with all stages of your onboarding into force: your vetting, medical tests, fitness tests, references and induction days. As well as this, our curriculum team will be on-hand to help you with your pre-academy core learning.
✓ Training and development: As part of the Police Now National Detective Programme we offer one-to-one mentoring with a Leadership Development Officer who will support and coach you throughout your two years on the programme. There will also be regular training, events and skills sessions.
✓ Qualification: As part of the programme you will complete a bespoke Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice with the University of Huddersfield, 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.
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