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Police Now Graduate Scheme

Learn about the Police Now Graduate Leadership Development Programme.

Police Now’s National Graduate Leadership Programme offers outstanding graduates the opportunity to pursue a highly ambitious vision for social change. Its aim? To break the intergenerational cycle of crime in the most challenged areas by creating safe, confident communities in which people can thrive.

This two-year programme operates at pace and intensity. And the challenge is unique. Graduates become fully warranted neighbourhood police officers with responsibility for an area that could be home to as many as 20,000 people. They get to know their communities: the problems, the prominent offenders and the crime hotspots within them.  And right from the beginning, they are expected to use innovative ideas and tactics to tackle the toughest problems and deliver high impact results.

The programme is challenging but graduates are supported by mentors, coaches and line managers. Frontline training is delivered by over 40 different experts and a whole range of operational police officers. Opportunities to undertake prestigious secondments with Police Now’s partner organisations give graduates exposure to a wide range of industries and sectors. The skills and experience graduates gain throughout the Police Now programme ensures that they are highly in demand, whether they choose to stay in policing or pursue a career elsewhere.

This is a challenge that extends beyond the basic mission of the police to prevent crime and disorder.  It’s the chance to be a leader in society and on the policing frontline.

As Police Now is expanding to work with more and more forces across England and Wales, there are even more opportunities for outstanding graduates to step forward and change the story, not just today but for generations to come.

Applications for entry in 2019 are currently open here and include the option to apply for Surrey Police and other forces across England and Wales. 

Further information about the programme can be found at 

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a British or Commonwealth citizen or EC/EEA national or foreign national whose stay in the UK is unrestricted
  • Have been resident in the UK for the past three years
  • Be aged over 18
  • Pass vetting and have satisfactory references including fingerprint and DNA samples provided by consent
  • Have a degree certificate or transcript (if you are yet to graduate) and have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English (or equivalent).
  • Declare any caution or conviction for any criminal offence, including motoring convictions even if this was as a juvenile or is now considered ‘spent’ (Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Exemptions Order 1975)
  • Declare any involvement with the police even where the investigation did not lead to prosecution
  • Hold a current manual driving licence
  • Cover any tattoos that could cause offence or undermine the dignity and authority of the role of police officer.
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