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Third cohort of officers graduate from Police Now’s National Detective Programme

Third cohort of officers graduate from Police Now’s National Detective Programme

Thursday 25th April 2024

The third cohort of detectives trained on Police Now’s National Detective Programme have successfully completed the two-year programme, and celebrated the milestone at a graduation event this week (23rd April).

The cohort of 137 officers, who are deployed across nine forces in England and Wales, began their training in 2022. They were selected for the competitive programme for their leadership and problem-solving skills, and passion for innovation in public service.

The officers have spent the last two years developing their policing and investigative skills, whilst playing an integral role in supporting victims of crime and solving complex cases alongside their policing colleagues.

The officers were addressed at their graduation ceremony this week (Tuesday 23rd April) by T/Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and Programme Director for the Police Race Action Plan, Dr Alison Heydari. She said:

“The first thing I want to say is congratulations on your success, you should be proud of yourselves and proud of what you’ve achieved.

“What is so exciting to me is to see the wealth and the breadth of backgrounds in this room. Policing needs to cultivate diversity of thought and it’s exciting for me to see that there are so many different types of people in this room who are going to make a difference to policing, solve problems, and keep people safe – through establishing and sharing good practice and looking at how we can innovate and bring new thought into the police.

“The opportunities in policing are endless, and your journeys will be different to everyone else’s. Look out for those opportunities, be courageous in your leadership, and always be true to your values.”

Police Now recruits, trains and develops outstanding and diverse graduates to become neighbourhood police officers or detective constables via its programmes, and has recruited over 3,000 officers to police forces across England and Wales.

Dr Alison Heydari, Programme Director for the Police Race Action Plan and currently the most senior Black female officer in the Uk, addressed the graduating cohort
The third cohort of National Detective Programme officers during their academy training in 2022


The forces that Police Now partnered with for this cohort of the National Detective Programme are:

  • Avon and Somerset Police
  • Bedfordshire Police
  • City of London Police
  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Humberside Police
  • Northumbria Police
  • South Yorkshire Police
  • Thames Valley Police
  • West Midlands Police

The officers on this cohort of the National Detective Programme also completed their Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice, in partnership with the University of Huddersfield.

Applications for our National Graduate Leadership Programme are currently closed.


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