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Police Now Safer Neighbourhood Teams Programme

Did you know that if a boy has a father with a criminal conviction, there's a 70% chance he'll end up with one too - and if it's a mother and daughter, the chances are higher? Young people's confidence in the police has increased by 17% in the communities where Police Now neighbourhood police officers operate. By working with Police Now, West Mercia Police is helping to break the cycle. We're changing the story. Join us.

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West Mercia Police is working with Police Now to recruit and train outstanding graduates, so they can help transform society as neighbourhood police officers. The challenge is unique. The environment is fast-paced. To break the intergenerational cycle of crime in the most challenged areas by creating safe, confident communities in which people can thrive, apply for Police Now's two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme.

Police Now's mission is to transform communities, reduce crime and increase the public's confidence in policing, by recruiting and developing outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline.

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Police Now gives exceptional graduates like you the opportunity to become police officers and transform challenged and often deprived communities in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. For many people, crime and the fear of crime is an everyday experience. Join us on our two-year programme, and you'll develop a rewarding career while helping to improve lives, not just for today, but for generations to come.

It's an experience no other graduate employer can match. You don't need any previous policing knowledge or experience - we'll train you to be a leader in your community as a police officer in a specific area right from the start. We are looking for you to become a leader in society and on the policing frontline, representing the diversity of the communities you serve and taking responsibility for the safety of up to 20,000 people. You'll learn negotiation, problem-solving, decision-making, emotional intelligence, resilience and leadership - all invaluable skills in targeting criminals and increasing public confidence, and all transferable to any profession.


After a 28-day immersion with West Mercia Police, Police Now officers will immediately become responsible for their own local area and up to 20,000 residents. The neighbourhood role allows for officers to find the root of any local problems and work with stakeholders to make real and positive changes within the community. Take a look at this short video to learn more, or read what impact Police Now has had in making a difference in the fight against crime and supporting communities in this report.

Experienced Leadership Development Officers play a pivotal role throughout. They coach participants to achieve their very best throughout the two-year programme. In addition, Police Now supports and nurtures our officers offering regular training, events and skills sessions. There is no equivalent in mainstream police recruitment.

Working as a police officer is a demanding but rewarding job. We need to know that you understand the demands of such a career and are up for the challenge.

Please note that applications for Police Now 2019 have now closed.