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why join us

Are you looking for a challenging career where you can improve the lives of others and make a positive impact on society?

Join the police: skills for life

If you’re looking for a career that makes a real difference to others, our graduate opportunities offer real life skills, and the chance to change the story.

By joining the police through one of Police Now’s national graduate programmes, you’ll make a positive impact on society and improve the lives of those around you.

Completing a Police Now national graduate programme is a uniquely challenging and rewarding experience. Wherever you train nationally, you can expect the environment to be fast-paced, giving you an opportunity to have an immediate and lasting impact.

Over the course of an intensive two-year training and development programme you’ll gain leadership experience in a unique environment. We’ll develop your skills in negotiation, problem solving, decision-making, as well as your resilience and emotional intelligence.

You’ll get used to performing under pressure, with a continuous cycle of growth and development. The experience you’ll gain will allow you to perform at the highest level as a detective or neighbourhood police officer, as well as develop transferable skills relevant to careers outside policing across the private and public sector.

On a Police Now national graduate programme, you’ll be helping to create safer communities. You’ll work proactively to tackle long term problems and improve quality of life for people living in the communities you serve.

Spending two years embedded in one community will give you an opportunity to experience the issues and to begin developing an understanding of complex challenges.

Our programmes give you full ownership and responsibility to effect positive change, so you’ll really see the impact of the work you do.

Diversity and inclusion in action

Our national graduate programmes represent a wide range of backgrounds. Together we are stronger.

Police Now is proud that of its 562 participants on the 2020 cohort:

0 %

identify as female

0 %

identify as male

1 %

are of black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage

(45% whom were female)
0 %

identify as LGBTQ+

They graduated from


unique institutions for undergraduate degrees

Across the cohort


unique languages spoken

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.

0 % of participants passed the National Investigators’ exam first time.
Which is 0 % higher than the national average.

Strengthening the police service with diverse talent

We recruit high-achieving graduates from diverse backgrounds, especially those who might not have previously considered policing. 

We strive to inspire, recruit and train graduates who are representative of the communities they serve.

There are a diverse set of professional skills needed to be a neighbourhood police officer or detective, and policing benefits greatly from individuals with socially diverse backgrounds and experiences. In joining one of our programmes, you’ll be at the forefront learning about cultural differences and understand the needs within communities – this awareness creates stronger connections.

With a representative and diverse workforce, police forces are more effective in improving the public’s confidence and trust in policing.

Of those who started the National Graduate Leadership Programme in 2023:

  • 24% are from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background
  • 51% identify as Female

Of those who started the National Detective Programme in 2024:

  • 15% are from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background
  • 67% identify as Female

DC Mtitimila’s Police Now Journey

DC Mtitimila is a detective sergeant who originally started his career in the police as a neighbourhood police officer on Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme.

Here he talks about the training he received from Police Now and the work he has done in his community as a neighbourhood police officer.

Watch how DC Mtitimila changed the story in Widnes, Cheshire.

Life after the programme

Once you’ve successfully finished your two-year training programme, you’ll be a fully warranted police detective or neighbourhood police officer. You can stay in your current role, apply for further development opportunities with a specialist unit, or you may even feel you have the necessary skills and motivation to apply for promotion.

We are proud that 80% of our alumni do stay in policing, but your experience with Police Now will also equip you with transferable skills relevant to across the public and private sector.

What's it like to join the police?

An introduction to evidence based policing and community policing

Why is Police Now’s mission so important right now?

Police Now partnership with The University of Huddersfield

Our 2019 Implementation and Best Practice Event: A snap shot

Emma Williams: Teaching and learning at Police Now

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.

Dorset Police

Police Now | Dorset Police
Scott Chilton - Dorset Police Chief Constable

Scott Chilton

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

Cohorts: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled: 6

National Detective Programme

Cohorts: —— —— —— —— 2019 2020
No. of police officers enrolled:

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