Guest Blog: Arthur Mwangi writes about his experience of the Police Now Graduate Scheme

Careers consultants at City often go on visits to graduate schemes to keep up to date. Recently, I visited Police Now and was stuck by Arthur’s enthusiasm for his role:

Background: I studied Biomedical Science at the University of Portsmouth and graduated in July 2015. Luckily I got a job in PR shortly after. However I soon noticed that sitting around in an office all day wasn’t what I wanted to spend my working day doing. One day by chance I came across an advertisement for Police Now on Facebook, applied and never looked back!

Daily activities:

Due to the nature of policing you can never really plan what each day will bring you, but you have to try and stay organised. I start each day with bit of admin, checking crime reports and intelligence etc. But my days mainly consist of  patrolling the hotspots in my area where we get the most issues and doing pre planned taskings. Due to this I get to spend a lot of time out in my area engaging with the community and arresting offenders. I also have various meetings every month with partner agencies such as the council and local charities to discuss joint approaches to ongoing problems in my area. In addition to this I run my ward twitter account, so I spend some time distributing content to our followers. Here’s our most successful tweet! Finally, I’m also public order trained, which I can be deployed anywhere in London (or the UK if it’s really bad) to deal with an incident. We recently got sent to Staines on blue lights for the Parsons Green incident, which was exciting!

Highlights: In my very short policing career I’ve had quite a few highlights. I received an award for top student in my met police cohort, for showing good academic and operational skills. Which meant that I got presented an award by the commissioner. However, I managed to mess up the handshake when he presented me with the award much to everyones amusement.

My team were among the first to respond to the tragic Croydon tram crash and were tasked with assisting with one of the hospitals victims were sent to. I felt very proud as a police officer to be there for those in need at such a tough time.


The starting pay is reasonably good in compassion to other graduate schemes.

You develop so much as a person and gain so many transferable skills which other recruiters are crying out for if you choose to leave at the end of the two years. Conflict management, active listening resource management, public speaking – just to name a few.

There’s such a variety of things you can do in policing after your probation.

You’ll meet some amazing colleagues, who go above and beyond to help you.

Some of the projects you do for Police Now act as great evidence for transferring to specialisms at the end of your programme.


Occasional extended tour of duty. Due to the nature of police work you can’t always just up and leave as soon as your shift finishes e.g. if you arrest someone 5 minutes before the end of a shift you’re expected to process them.

The shift work sometimes means you miss some social events, however as long as you’re organised this won’t effect you too much.

In summary, I know policing does get a lot of stick in the media, but I’ve loved the majority of it (every job has it’s bad days) and I urge anyone to give it a go even if you do not see it as a long term career. If anyone has any questions feel free to email my personal email arthur.m@live.co.uk 




Update on the detective training front for grads…..

The Met are currently arranging events where those who wish to speak to Detectives about the role will be able to. If you are interested contact The Met to register an interest.

Here is a dedicated e-mail address for enquiries or try this.  Alternatively Tel:0845 835 4412. Here is an article about the new graduate detective training scheme which is worth a read.



Now you can train straight away as a Police Detective with The Met!

A new graduate scheme is being promoted by the Metropolitan Police called the External Entry Detective Constable programme. Graduates (including recent graduates) will go straight into the role as a Detective Constable without the traditional requirements of working in uniform for two years and progressing through the ranks. Starting pay is £28 000.  The programme is awaiting Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) accreditation, which will be mandatory for new recruits by 2020. The Met hope the new programme will create a new, younger and diverse workplace.

The application process is in 2 stages.

Stage 1

Applicants must have resided in London for at least 3 out of the past 6 years and must  hold a level 6 qualification (any discipline).

Verbal reasoning test if you pass application stage.

One day assessment centre incorporating police and detective competency tests.

Medical, fitness test and person/family vetting.

Pre-join knowledge learning and self-assessment. After completing Stage 1, there will be further assessments including mandatory training, National Investigator exams and passing 2 years of probation.

Prior to starting work, there is an 18 week training period including 3 knowledge exams, 3 role plays and 2 written assessments. Candidates will have 3 to 4 months of working in their boroughs to put their skills into practice before being entered for their first national investigators exams (PIP 1).Then candidates will  take a 7 week detective course which includes 5 assessments and then will re-join their borough to undertake further development and work towards the second national investigators exam (PIP2).

There will be two intakes, the first being on or around the end of May/Beginning of June and the second being early September. About  80 trainees per cohort.

As well as this, don’t forget the Police Now graduate scheme, which is different. Graduates can also join the force in the usual way, as a non-graduate trainee.



Prison Leadership Graduate Scheme (NOMS)

NOMSThe National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Graduate Scheme (for Prison leadership) will be opening any day now for applications

The scheme will suit students interested in a  management role within criminal justice. It provides excellent leadership training and  a good salary. At least 1 year must be spent working as a Prison Officer as part of the programme to learn the ropes.


https://www.facebook.com/NOMSGraduateProgramme – use to keep up to date


The graduate scheme is highly competitive (no surprise there), so suggest you make full use of CityCareers when making your applications to aid your chances of success. We are always happy to answer questions and to provide support. Book your appointment online here www.city.ac.uk/careers


Police Now – New Graduate Scheme for the Police

The Police have designed a new graduate scheme called Police Now along the lines of Teach First. They are currently recruiting 50 graduates to work in the Met, with a view to expanding the intake outside London later on. Graduates can still apply for The Police via the usual entry route.

What is Police Now?

Police Now is a 2 years development/leadership programme for graduates, where the graduates taken on board will have the role of a Dedicated Ward Officer and will be THE go-to person for their own ward (ward = an area of London of about 22 streets).  At the end of the 2 years, the graduates will have the option to stay with the Police, or apply for jobs with the programme’s Platinum sponsors (e.g. PwC). This is why Police Now is very similar to Teach First and Front Line (for Social Work training).

What’s in it for grads?

  •   £29,000 per annum; free travel around London; 22 days of holiday
  •   Quick application process: 6 weeks from application to offer
  •   Responsibility from Day One
  •   They will be able to make a difference in people’s lives Continue Reading

Are you interested in working with offenders, their families or young people at risk of crime?

Volunteering is the main way in to a career of this kind, such as working in a Youth Offending team, Probation Officer, Prison Governor, Social Worker or Youth Worker. An excellent new online resource  “Your Guide to Volunteering Opportunities in the Criminal Justice System”  outlines all sorts of opportunities. The opportunities are suitable for all students who would like to get involved in this kind of volunteering – not just Sociololgy or Criminology students. Perhaps you would would like to mentor a young person at risk, take part in a project for offenders on probation or to be a Youth Offending Panel Member?

Excellent training is often available, so do take your application seriously. You might like to book a short appointment for advice on your application or to have it checked at the Careers and Skills Development Service or to book a 45 minute appointment for a mock interview. Continue Reading