The seventh cohort of Police Now participants on the National Graduate Leadership Programme are due to start their Academy training next week, joining the 1,830 other police officers that have already been recruited and trained by Police Now across 33 forces in the UK over the last six years.
During the high intensity training Academy, they will learn, practise, and develop their knowledge and skills to be part of the policing frontline before they join their respective forces for the remainder of the two-year programme and beyond.
As this year’s Academy officially begins, we asked some of last year’s recruits to reflect on their time at the Academy and the role one year on.
Here is what Police Constable Sajjad Asif from Greater Manchester Police had to say:
“I joined the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme because I wanted to make a positive impact on communities. The training, development and opportunities were a key incentive for me.
The Academy was very intense, long days and lots of work to do! However, the Police Now team were very supportive, the team really did go out their way to assist me and make sure I was comfortable in the learning environment. Every day was different and the input we gained was very interesting and beneficial, as it directly correlated with our role as neighbourhood police officers.
I am now a Neighbourhood Officer for Droylsden, Tameside. On my beat area, there have been a lot of problems regarding ASB at a block of flats, where youths have also been engaging in crimes such as public order offence, assaults and burglaries. This has been an ongoing issue for over a year. As a Neighbourhood Officer, I have investigated all the crimes in relation to this ongoing issue and identified problem solving opportunities. I have had partnership meetings with agencies, such as the council, and target hardening plans are in place.”