National Graduate Leadership Programme

Applications are now open

Latia Suen | Neighbourhood police officer

Starting salary: £24,780 – £31,020

Contract: Permanent

Locations: Various

Programme length: 2 years

Why should you become a neighbourhood police officer?

Society needs talented neighbourhood police officers as diverse as the communities they serve.

The challenge is unique. The environment is fast paced. Make a positive impact on society by improving the lives of the most vulnerable and develop leadership skills for life.

Apply for Police Now’s two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme to join the police and make a real difference to communities that need it most.

Not only will you be a fully warranted and attested neighbourhood police officer on our National Graduate Leadership Programme, you will be developing vital skills in negotiation, problem-solving and decision-making. You will be emotionally intelligent, resilient and a leader. Every day you will be preventing criminals targeting the vulnerable and you’ll contribute to the increase in the public’s confidence in policing.

So, why Police Now?

Police Now recruits and trains outstanding graduates, so they can help transform society as neighbourhood police officers.

We believe that policing is crucial in supporting some of the most vulnerable communities across England and Wales. Not only do police officers tackle crime, they care for the communities; working with residents, stakeholders, charities and institutions to make a safe and thriving area to live and work in. In order to achieve this, our police force must be diverse, in both thought and background to be reflective of the communities we serve.

How will you achieve this?

We don’t require you to have any previous policing knowledge or experience, only a willingness to learn and make a difference.  Your journey will start prior to our Summer Academy by completing your core learning of legislation and ethics, which you will use throughout the six-week intensive training and beyond.   

You will be allocated a Police Now Performance Development Coach who will support your progression throughout the two years.

You will have regular opportunities to present the impact you have made in your community to policing colleagues and corporate partners.

Are you ready to lead change so that even the most vulnerable can thrive?

You’ll be there: to act, when action is needed; protect, when protection is required; drive change, when change is necessary.

We believe in change. We believe in you to change the story.

If you want to be a leader who improves the lives of those around you, apply for Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme today and develop skills for life.

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

Some of the key requirements you must meet include:

What comes next?

Our recruitment process requires you to complete an application form and online assessment, followed by attending an assessment centre, after which you will be offered a conditional place on the programme. Upon accepting your offer, you will start the vetting and pre-employment check process, which will include a fitness and medical.

Alongside this you will be invited to one of our induction events so you can start to get to know your fellow participants, as well as attending an induction event with your force. Following successful pre-employment checks, including having confirmation of your degree result, you will then start your six-week residential Summer Academy.

Throughout the recruitment and onboarding process you’ll be working with a dedicated Recruitment Officer who will be there to support you every step of the way.

James Pullen Neighbourhood police officer
James Pullen | Neighbourhood police officer

Our national graduate programmes

Over five years, we’ve partnered with over 30 police forces across England and Wales to provide career opportunities nationwide. And, as we continue to grow, we are striving to bring our programmes to more forces.

Applications are now open for our National Graduate Leadership Programme.


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