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A rewarding career

Salary, benefits and progression

Our programme offers more than a job, it’s a career package

You can expect:

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Benefits designed just for you

You’ll also get a whole host of Police Now benefits unique to our  national graduate programmes.

Starting salary

If you are joining our 2024 National Graduate Leadership Programme in London, your salary will be £36,775, rising to £37,975 at week 30.

Your salary will increase each year up to over £54,000 within seven years.


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.


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 four days off after working your four-day shift which can include nights. 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.

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 assist 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.

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.


Contributory private healthcare scheme.

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 with the police service 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 as well.

Training and development

Regular training, events and skills sessions.

We offer development and coaching from our Performance and Development Coaches who you will have access to on the programme.

There will also be regular training, events, and skills sessions to ensure you are continuously learning and developing.

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

Some of the key requirements you must meet include:

You will not be eligible to apply, if you have previously attested or served as a police officer.

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Scott Chilton - Dorset Police Chief Constable

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National Graduate Leadership Programme

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National Detective Programme

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