Police graduate schemes: your opportunities
We currently offer two training programmes for exceptional graduates.
You don’t need any previous policing knowledge or experience because the training and development you receive during the two year programmes will prepare you for your role in policing.
Both programmes start with a residential training academy, followed by two years in-force training, and continuous professional and personal development through an assigned Police Now Leadership Development Officer.
After completing your two-year programme you’ll have career options both in and outside policing.
Our national graduate programmes
National Graduate Leadership Programme
Our National Graduate Leadership Programme trains and develops graduates to become leaders in neighbourhood policing. You’ll be placed in some of the most challenging communities in England and Wales, getting to know the issues up close and developing innovative ideas and techniques to tackle some of the challenges.
You will be a visible leader in the community, developing skills in negotiation, problem solving, decision-making, resilience and emotional intelligence as a neighbourhood police officer .
National Detective Programme
Our National Detective Programme is designed to equip you with the core policing skills required in modern investigative work. Throughout the two-year training programme you’ll play an integral part in solving crimes while developing your leadership, communication and problem- solving skills.
Successful candidates will be resilient, focused on working towards defined goals, rarely losing focus, viewing obstacles as something to be tackled head-on rather than used as an excuse to give up.
University student or recent graduate?
We’re looking for talented graduates from all degree disciplines to join our National Graduate Leadership Programme to make a lasting difference in some of the UK’s most vulnerable communities.
Play your part in helping us achieve our mission as we strive to transform communities by inspiring, recruiting and developing future leaders in policing.
Career changers make up a large and valuable number of our recruits, bringing knowledge, skills and experience from their previous employment.
In fact, two years’ work experience is an entry requirement for our National Detective Programme and 70% of our 2019 National Graduate Leadership Programme cohort joined us from another job.
Our national graduate programmes
Applications are now open for our 2020 National Graduate Leadership Programme with the following forces:
• Cambridgeshire Constabulary
• Essex Police
• Hertfordshire Constabulary
• Humberside Police
• Greater Manchester Police
• Lancashire Constabulary
• Metropolitan Police Service
• North Yorkshire Police
• Northumbria Police
• South Yorkshire Police
• Staffordshire Police
• Surrey Police
• Sussex Police
• West Mercia Police
• West Midlands Police
Join our national graduate programmes
Over five years we’ve partnered with 30 police forces across England and Wales to provide career opportunities nationwide.
Applications are now open for our 2020 National Graduate Leadership Programme.
Salary and benefits
You’ll receive a starting salary with benefits during your time on our two-year national graduate programmes.
The level of starting salary and specific benefits will depend on your force and for further details on on this please visit our forces hub. New police constables receive an average basic starting salary of £23,586 depending on their force. You could also receive location allowances of up to £6,735. The basic salary of a police constable rises to £39,150 plus allowances in line with Home Office guidelines.
Salary will commence on the date you join one of our academies. You’ll also have access to a range of benefits including enrolment on the Police Pension Scheme, 22 days of annual leave, rising to 30 days a year after length of service, and time off for public holidays.
In addition to this you’ll receive an average of at least two rest days each working week and other forms of leave including maternity, paternity and adoption leave, as well as the option of taking a career break of up to five years.
Beyond the programmes
Our national graduate training programmes are designed to equip you with the skills and experience needed to excel as a police officer.
After you’ve successfully completed one of our two-year training programmes you’ll have a number of options open to you within policing.
You’ll be able to continue your career in your current role, apply for further training in specialist units, and even look for promotion if you feel you have the capability and motivation.
Below are some stories from Police Now alumni on their career path within policing.