We are very proud of the progress Police Now and our participants have made over the last 12 months. In this blog we share some of our highlights from the past year, with more detail in our 2018 Impact Report, as well as some of our plans for 2019.
Strengthening the police workforce with diversity and talent
Since 2015 we have recruited, trained and developed over 640 officers, many of who had not previously considered a career in policing, posting them to some of the country’s most challenged communities. In fact, 58% of our 2018 cohort told us they were not planning on joining the police before hearing about Police Now, reflecting our growing recognition within the graduate recruitment market.
For the first time we entered the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and the Guardian UK 300 Best Graduate Employers. We also won the 2018 Institute of Student Employers Diversity and Inclusion Award, reflecting the ongoing work we are doing to attract candidates from under-represented groups. Of those who began the programme in 2018, 53% identify as female, 12% as BAME and 5% as BAME female from a range of academic, employment and socio-economic backgrounds. In our 2018 cohort, 11% of our intake identify as LGBTQ and 46% are the first in their family to go to university.
Ian Hopkins QPM, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, reflected on our work:
“Police Now is making an important contribution to workforce reform and representation, working and innovating with Greater Manchester Police and other forces around the country to achieve our common goals. Police Now are generating valuable learning on how to encourage into the service, those individuals who would not ordinarily consider a policing career”
Impact in the most deprived communities
We are particularly proud of our participants, and the impact they have made in neighbourhood roles around the country, alongside their excellent colleagues.
Police Now participants have embraced innovation as a central principle and applied problem-solving techniques to tackle knife crime amongst young people in Essex, educate parents and children on cybercrime in Lancashire and help vulnerable tenants in Cambridgeshire with anti-social behaviour. Whilst on the programme, participants attend five 100 Day Impact Events, where they are held to account on the impact they have made in their communities.
Out of these events we have successfully launched the ‘Police Now Impact Library’, a unique and growing collection of neighbourhood police work, problem-solving case studies and ‘how to’ guides that can be accessed by police officers and staff across the country. One police force partner said at our Impact 2018 Conference:
“The impact presentations were fascinating. It was very useful to hear about different types of crime across the country and how officers deal with them day to day”
Police Now partner forces
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our current and prospective partner forces for their support and belief in our mission, and for helping us reach more of the UK’s most challenged communities. Over the past five years, we have established partnerships with 28 forces across England and Wales. Data indicates that Police Now participants have now been deployed to half of England’s 50 most deprived neighbourhoods.
Eleanor Covell, from our 2015 Police Now cohort, described what it was like to be a part of the programme:
“Spending just over two years embedded in one community gave me the opportunity to interrogate issues fully and begin to develop a deep understanding of some very complex societal challenges. I felt that the programme gave me full ownership and responsibility to effect positive change in my community.”
Building our movement
After graduating from the two-year programme, Police Now participants can choose to continue working within policing or pursue a career elsewhere. Our figures show that 80% remained in policing, with many pursuing promotion opportunities. The remaining 20% have moved into other consultant roles in education, government, finance and professional services. Of those who have remained in policing, around a quarter are training or have become detectives, half have moved to response or other specialist roles and the remaining quarter stay in neighbourhood teams.
We have formed more partnerships with business and government, with the opportunity of our participants gaining experience in a professional environment and bringing back these skills into the police service and their community. Each secondment is application based, and highly competitive, where our students can apply to a range of organisations in the public, private and third sector.
Police Now is part of the Transform Alliance, along with our colleagues at Teach First, Think Ahead, Frontline Graduates and Unlocked Graduates. We believe more can be achieved by working together to encourage positive systemic social change. This year we have worked with our Transform partners to help tackle the problem of children going missing from care, presenting our recommendations to the Home Office for implementation.
We have recently announced our collaboration with the University of Huddersfield, to deliver a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice, as part of the College of Policing’s professionalisation of police training. You can read more about this important milestone for Police Now in our previous blog here.
Next year we will be launching our pilot Detective programme, welcoming our new 2019 cohort of trainee Police Constables to our Summer Academy and we will be doing even more to encourage knowledge exchange and transfer of ideas in policing. Building on our successful programme, we will be launching a second Summer Academy in Manchester, and we’d like to again thank the Garfield Weston Foundation for their generous support to make this happen.
Police Now CEO and co-founder David Spencer says: “2018 has been a great year for Police Now. In particular I would like to thank our force partners, corporate and charity supports and the Home Office for their continued support, belief and investment in our mission. I’m looking forward to welcoming more Police Now participants next year, and would like to wish everyone an enjoyable festive season and happy new year”
David Spencer, CEO