Police Now 2020 National Graduate Leadership Programme


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Why should I become a neighbourhood police officer?

Society needs talented neighbourhood police officers as diverse as the communities they serve.

The challenge is unique. The environment is fast paced. Make a positive impact on society by improving the lives of the most vulnerable and develop leadership skills for life.

Apply for Police Now’s two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme to make a real difference to communities that need it most.

Not only will you be a fully warranted and attested neighbourhood police officer on our National Graduate Leadership Programme, you will be developing vital skills in negotiation, problem-solving and decision-making. You will be emotionally intelligent, resilient and a leader. Every day you will be preventing criminals targeting the vulnerable and you’ll contribute to the increase in the public’s confidence in policing.

So, why Police Now?

Police Now recruits and trains outstanding graduates, so they can help transform society as neighbourhood police officers.

We believe that policing is crucial in supporting some of the most vulnerable communities across England and Wales. Not only do police officers tackle crime, they care for the communities; working with residents, stakeholders, charities and institutions to make a safe and thriving area to live and work in. In order to achieve this, our police force must be diverse, in both thought and background to be reflective of the communities we serve.

How will I achieve this?

We don’t require you to have any previous policing knowledge or experience, only a willingness to learn and make a difference.  Your journey will start prior to our Summer Academy by completing your core learning of legislation and ethics, which you will use throughout the six-week intensive training and beyond.   

You will be allocated a Police Now Leadership Development Officer who will support your progression throughout the two years.

You will have regular opportunities to present the impact you have made in your community to policing colleagues and corporate partners.

Are you ready to lead change so that even the most vulnerable can thrive?

You’ll be there: to act, when action is needed; protect, when protection is required; drive change, when change is necessary.

We believe in change. We believe in you to change the story.

If you want to be a leader who improves the lives of those around you, apply for Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme today and develop skills for life.

Tell me more


Our 2020 National Graduate Leadership Programme is still open for applications; however, we are getting towards the last phases of the recruitment process. Below is a list of our partner forces:

  • Avon & Somerset Police - limited places available.
  • Bedfordshire Police - limited places available.
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary - limited places available.
  • Essex Police - limited places available.
  • Greater Manchester Police - limited places available.
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary - limited places available.
  • Humberside Police - limited places available.
  • Lancashire Constabulary - limited places available.
  • Metropolitan Police Service - limited places available.
  • North Yorkshire Police - limited places available.
  • Northumbria Police - limited places available.
  • South Yorkshire Police - limited places available.
  • Staffordshire Police - limited places available.
  • Surrey Police - places available.
  • Sussex Police - places available.
  • West Mercia Police - limited places available.
  • West Midlands Police - a small number of places available.

When applying for the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme you will select your preferred force as well as any that you are also interested in joining.

We receive a large number of applications, so we advise you to complete your application as soon as you feel ready. Partner forces may be filled before the overall programme closing date.

We will be assessing candidates against key competencies throughout the process, please click here to learn more about these.

To find out more about the impact our participants have in their roles check out their stories here.

What comes next?

Our recruitment process requires you to complete an application form and online assessment, followed by attending an assessment centre, after which you will be offered a conditional place on the programme. Upon accepting your offer, you will start the vetting and pre-employment check process, which will include a fitness and medical. Alongside this you will be invited to one of our induction events so you can start to get to know your fellow participants, as well as attending an induction event with your force. Following successful pre-employment checks, including having confirmation of your degree result, you will then start your six-week residential Summer Academy.

Throughout the recruitment and onboarding process you’ll be working with a dedicated Recruitment Officer who will be there to support you every step of the way.


We are delighted that you are interested in the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme and helping us achieve our mission.

Good luck and we can’t wait to receive your application.