LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The Police Now programme will enable you to make a disproportionately positive impact on the lives of many people. Over the 2 years you will develop your leadership and problem solving skills to help maximise that impact. The two year programme comprises the following elements.
The Police Now Summer Academy is an intensive six-week training programme designed and delivered by outstanding, high performing frontline police officers, many of whom are or have been neighbourhood constables and sergeants themselves. At the Summer Academy you will participate in practical sessions and assessments to ensure you have everything you need and are ready for your first day in your neighbourhood.
The Summer Academy is innovative, dynamic, inspiring and challenging. Training is delivered through a mixture of classroom-based and practical activities – including seven full shifts of field training where participants gain real experience on the streets of a busy neighbourhood. The training meets and exceeds the College of Policing foundation police training requirements and includes all mandatory training to ensure you are equipped with all the skills you need to be effective in a neighbourhood-policing role.
In-force training week
Following the Summer Academy, you will go to your force and complete your in-force training week. During this time, you will learn specific force details to enable you to become operationally effective and to acclimatise to local procedures, policies and ICT systems.
28 Day Immersion
Once you arrive at your force and complete your ‘in-force training week’, you will begin your 28-day Immersion Period. During this time you will be partnered with a PC who will work with you on a one-to-one basis and act as mentor to provide support and guidance. Your mentor will tutor you on every shift during this critical transition period. Mentors play a crucial role in helping you to get to know the area and ensuring you can deal with the challenges you may encounter while on patrol.
Personal Development Planning
When you join you will be assigned a Leadership Development Officer (LDO). The LDO’s core role is to help you to deliver maximum impact. They will provide one-to-one guidance and work with your line managers and force to aid your personal and professional development throughout the two-year programme.
Using a highly effective coaching style your LDO will help you develop by working with you to develop innovative plans and set ambitious achievable goals for your neighbourhood; improving your vision; and pushing you to your limits to deliver the absolute best you can. Like any good coach, your LDO will help you play to your strengths and address your weaknesses, so you can confidently step up and deliver measurable outcomes for your community.
Your LDO will meet with you regularly to help you complete your Personal Development Plan (PDP), support you at 100 day Impact events and co-ordinate your skills sessions. They will review and combine the evaluation of your 100-day Impact assessments, 360 feedback and PDPs and catch up with you regularly outside of official assessments/meetings.
We’ll make sure you receive regular feedback from line managers and colleagues throughout the programme that will support you to learn and improve. Your Leadership Development Officer will also be on hand to help you develop your skills; including how to self-assess and peer review.
Secondments and attachments
During the second year of the programme, you will have an exciting opportunity to spend up to four weeks on an external secondment or internal attachment within your force. External secondments are a fantastic way to experience professional life outside the police service. You will learn new skills, gain valuable experience, work with outside partners and contribute to our objective of bringing policing and society closer together. Internal attachments to specialist departments allow you to learn about different areas of the policing family. By developing your skills with new teams and by facing new policing challenges, you can start to plan for life after the programme.
You will undertake five innovative and dynamic skills sessions over the course of the two-year programme – developing your leadership and policing skills. You can also bring your line manager or a team member along to some of the sessions, in order to ensure that your wider team can also take advantage of this training.
100 Day Impact Events
Every 100 days, we bring Police Now participants together from across the country for an exciting 100 Day Impact Event. There are five over the course of the two-year programme. At each event, you will have the chance to hear from key speakers, meet other Police Now participants and show what you’ve learned by giving presentations at two of the events. For the other three, you’ll submit an assignment in advance – which could be a video, blog, poster or project plan. All in all, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date with a fast-moving and intense programme!
The 100 Day Impact process is one of the key ways we assess participants. Over the two-year programme, we’ll assess your impact in a variety of ways, including your presentations and assignments. The 100 Day Impact Events enable you to share what you’ve learned and demonstrate your work to key figures across policing and civil society.
Those who successfully complete the programme will attend a Graduation Ceremony in July of their second year. The ceremony is a celebratory event, held in front of proud family members and friends. Every Police Now graduate is invited to step forward to be awarded their graduation certificate. The highest achievers from the Cohort also have an opportunity to present their best work in front of an audience of invited guests. The ceremony culminates with friends and family members joining every new graduate to celebrate the achievements of their two years on the programme.
Beyond the Programme
Policing is inspiring work and spending two years as a police officer is a unique development experience that can’t be matched by any other graduate employer. Ultimately, it’s the ideal start to a career that could take you in many directions. That’s because the skills you’ll learn in negotiation, decision-making, emotional intelligence, resilience and leadership are transferable to any profession.
Once you finish the programme, many pathways will be open to you if you choose to stay in policing. You could remain in Neighbourhood Policing and continue to make lasting change at a local level. Or you could go on to become a detective, join a specialist unit or apply for the National Policing Fast Track Programme (which gives you the opportunity to become an Inspector after another two years).
Should you choose to leave policing, you could take up a leadership role in business, commerce, charities, politics, law or the public sector. The skills and experience you gain on the programme are prized by organisations in these sectors – and the opportunity you get in the second year of the programme for a secondment with one of our partner organisations is an excellent way to see how they can be applied.
Whatever path you choose to follow after your two years on the programme, you will become Police Now alumni and part of our exclusive ambassador network. You’ll have opportunities to keep in touch with the Police Now team and your cohort, as well as access to events and advice. There will be many opportunities for you to continue to contribute to our mission to transform the most challenged communities and increase the public confidence in policing.
Police Now was started inside the Metropolitan Police Service in 2015. In 2016, we became independent and worked with seven partner police forces. Since 2017 we have had particpants in 19 partner police forces.
Our 2018 partners are:
- Bedfordshire Police
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary
- Devon and Cornwall Police
- Dorset Police
- Essex Police
- Greater Manchester Police
- Hertfordshire Constabulary
- Humberside Police
- Lancashire Constabulary
- Merseyside Police
- Metropolitan Police Service
- Northumbria Police
- Staffordshire Police
- Thames Valley Police
- West Midlands Police
- West Yorkshire Police