Police Now’s mission is to transform communities, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and increase the public’s confidence in the police service by recruiting, developing and inspiring outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline.

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In a similar way to Teach First (primary and secondary schools), Think Ahead (adult social care) and Frontline (children’s social work) Police Now is a social enterprise that promotes public service in some of the UK’s most challenged areas among high achieving graduates.

The programme offers intellectual challenge, a fast-paced learning environment and responsibility for transformational change from the word go.

The emphasis is on rallying the country’s brightest and most innovative graduates, harnessing their overwhelming desire to make a positive difference in the communities that need us most, and giving them the tools and training they need to have a genuine positive disproportionate impact.

The programme is not a fast-track promotion scheme and officers are not guaranteed promotion at the end of their two years. However, the two years on the programme are equivalent to a new recruit’s probationary period, meaning they can choose to continue their career as a police officer upon finishing the programme.

Whilst we are looking to recruit graduates, we understand that academic potential is not everything, which is why we assess each candidate’s commitment to public service at each stage of their application.

Police forces

During the five years that Police Now has been operating, we have worked with 30 police forces across England and Wales. We welcome the opportunity for more forces to partner with us across our national graduate programmes.

Become a force partner

Over five years we’ve partnered with 30 police forces across England and Wales to provide career opportunities nationwide.

How we attract and recruit brilliant graduates:

 Award-winning recruitment process: We’re working to recruit, train and develop a diverse group of graduates that are representative of the communities they serve. We have a supportive but challenging assessment and selection process which is award winning and supports us in progressing candidates that have the strengths and aptitude to be great neighbourhood police officers and trainee detectives. Our intensive training academy and two-year development programme is also award winning and has been developed for graduates.

 Degree-holders: Graduates joining our programmes hold degrees in a broad range of disciplines, from Art through the Zoology. This makes for a wealth of interests and experiences and brings with it diversity of thought, particularly around problem solving.

 Times Top 100 highest climber: We are the highest climber in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers directory, at 47th place. This result reflects students open responses to the question: ‘Which organisation do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?’ This year more than 1,500 employers were voted for by final year students which shows that our employer brand has developed real traction and is recognised as offering great opportunities to graduates, which we will build on going forward.

 Multiple diversity awards: Police Now has won three Diversity awards: Institute of Student Employers Recruitment Award for Best Diversity and Inclusion Award, Employer Brand Management Award for Best Diversity Brand and TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Award for Best Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

For more information about our force partnerships

Read our FAQs for forces considering becoming a partner.

Interested in becoming a Police Now partner force?

Contact our Force Partnerships Team at [email protected]

Your impact

By joining a Police Now national graduate programme you’ll be able to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable in society.

Young people’s confidence in the police has increased by 17% in the communities where Police Now neighbourhood police officers operate.

National Graduate Leadership Programme

Recruiting graduates to train as neighbourhood police officers and become leaders in society on the policing frontline.

National Detective Programme

Attracting outstanding graduates to become trainee detectives, who learn core policing skills required in modern investigative work.

Assessment & selection process

Our award-winning assessment and selection process is designed to identify candidates who are committed to public service.

Partner with us and together we’ll have the power to make a sustainable long-term impact on society.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

National Detective Programme

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