Police Now
graduate scheme

National Detective Programme 2025

Job description

Police Now is a not-for-profit organisation, our central mission is a representative police service. We partner with forces across England and Wales to recruit, develop and inspire outstanding and diverse future leaders in policing. We are looking for talented graduates from all degree disciplines who are motivated by our mission. You don’t need experience in policing to apply to this role.

Our National Detective Programme is a salaried two-year training and development opportunity for graduates. It is designed to develop your leadership and problem-solving abilities to equip you with the skills required in modern detective and investigative work. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have a permanent role in policing.

Being a detective is all about how you interpret information and being able to spot clues where others don’t, allowing you to see below the surface. Society is changing and people are demanding better, for our communities, and from our police service. You want change: a real way to tackle the problems destroying people’s lives. By becoming a police detective, you can make this happen.

You'll collaborate with others, combining insight and evidence to solve some of England and Wales’ most complex problems. In everything you do, you’ll adapt to change and remain impartial as situations change. You’ll show compassion to the communities you serve, being a pillar to your local community.

As a police detective, you provide the most critical support for victims of crime. What you choose to do will affect lives for generations to come. Whether driving change alongside your colleagues, or improving relations with the public to build trust, your work will change the future of policing for the better.

Police forces

  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Humberside Police
  • Wiltshire Police

Don't see a force you're able to join?

As we expect new forces to partner with us, you will have the opportunity to continue with your application by choosing which regions you would be interested in working. You will then be added to the waitlist, to have first choice of new forces that join us.

Rewards and benefits


As a police detective you can earn a starting salary of £28,551 depending on force/location, which will commence on the first day of your training academy. Every 12 months on the anniversary of your joining date, your pay increases to the next pay point. Within six years you could expect to reach a salary of over £40,000.


This ranges from 22 days (in addition to public holidays) when you’re starting out to 30 days for long-serving staff. You can also expect other forms of leave including adoption, maternity and paternity.

Work-life balance

This is not your typical 9-5. Police officers work varied shift patterns which gives them flexibility and freedom to maximise their time outside of work. Different to your typical working week, you’ll often receive several days off in a row. It may take some time to adapt to shift pattern working, but once you do, you may find that the flexibility of the schedule allows you to better balance work and home life.


You’ll automatically be enrolled as a member of the Police Pension Scheme 2015, which awards police officers for their dedication and service to the public. It offers a generous and secure retirement package, providing officers with financial stability and peace of mind.

Training and development

The programme will start with an initial 13-week residential training academy. You will then take part in various sessions over the two years, designed to develop your leadership and policing skills, as well as reflect on the impact you have made. You will also have access to a dedicated Performance and Development Coach during the two years, who will provide tailored support and guidance.

Career progression

Following completion of the programme, you can enrol in the promotion process, and you will join our alumni community, where you can receive support with progression. We have alumni across the country who are represented at levels up to Chief Inspector who are leading change and exploring new approaches to policing.

What we are looking for

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be over 17 years of age or older on application, (and 18 by the time of appointment)
  • be a British citizen, a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK and has settled or pre-settled status or leave to remain and work without restrictions
  • have been resident in the UK for the past three years (some exemptions allowed)
  • not currently be registered as bankrupt (or have bankruptcy debts that have been discharged within the past three years)
  • not have existing county court judgements outstanding against you
  • not be a current or previous member of a proscribed terrorist organisation or group
  • not plan to take an active role in politics once in role (this does not include voting, but would include canvassing for a political party)
  • be competent in written and spoken English and numeracy
  • hold at least two UK level 3 qualifications in any subject, or non-UK equivalent
  • have a 2.2 or above in any undergraduate degree from a UK university (or equivalent from a non-UK university) and have completed all education by the programme start date March 2025 (this includes part time or distance learning)
  • have not undertaken the College of Policing-licensed pre-join degree in Professional Policing Practice
  • have not previously attested, trained or been employed as a police constable

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

East Midlands
East of England
North East England
North West England
South West England
West Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber

How to apply

There are three stages to our application process during which you’ll gain insight into the role of a police detective:

  1. Online application, including proof of eligibility.
  2. iImmersive assessment.
  3. Digital assessment centre.

There is support available throughout the process from our recruitment team and adjustments can be made at all stages.

If successful, you will receive a conditional offer and be allocated a dedicated Recruitment Officer to assist with your onboarding and pre-employment checks including: fitness test, BMI, medical, references and vetting.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 August 2024

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Closing date:  31 August 2024

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