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.

As part of the programmes you will complete a bespoke Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice with the University of Huddersfield, which allows you to step back from the day-to-day and learn the theory to drive real change for the communities you will serve. Our graduate diploma is distinctive due to its positioning as an essential and core part of training and developing outstanding leaders in policing.

Drawing on the latest elements and developments within the criminological landscape, top academic experts will deliver a nationally-recognised course. Your studies will give you the chance to learn and develop your skills and knowledge in a variety of ways utilising an expansive hub of resources that will challenge you in the most engaging way possible.

Register your interest

Applications for our national graduate programmes are now closed, register your interest to be the first to hear when we are accepting applications.

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 programmes 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 changer?

Career changers make up a large and valuable number of our recruits, bringing knowledge, skills and experience from their previous employment.

In fact, 70% of our 2019 National Graduate Leadership Programme cohort and 100% of our 2019 National Detective Programme joined us from another job.

Our national graduate programmes

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

Applications are now closed for our national graduate programmes, register your interest to be the first to hear when we are accepting applications.


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 detective constables and police constables receive an average basic starting salary of £24,177, depending on their force. You could also receive location allowances of up to £6,735.

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.

What's it like to join the police?

Beyond the programmes

Our national graduate 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.

Above are some stories from Police Now alumni on their career path within policing.

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