This post is a little to the side of what I normally blog about. Not much directly to do with International Development but a little more connection to politics and security. Still I hope you find it informative as it introduces you to another excellent London based graduate programme. . . what a City!
Police Now – http://www.policenow.org.uk/
A new graduate programme for the London Metropolitan Police, modelled on the popular Teach First programme, will be of interest to many students leaving college in the summer of 2015. For years the Police force has not been on the radar for students because recruitment has been sporadic and not especially designed to appeal to the graduate applicant. Controversial publicity around Rotherham, Plebgate and ‘kettling’ have also not helped with the image of the Police amongst students. The Police Now programme is set to change all that with a well thought through scheme that offers a two year programme that pays an attractive £29k a year and a chance for up to 50 graduates to get the support and training they need to help make a real change in the front line areas to which they are appointed. Police constables on the programme will be at the grade of ‘Ward Officers’ and allocated to a single ‘ward’ – around 25 streets – for the two years of the programme. There are around 660 Ward Officers in the Met as a whole and this role was deemed suitable for the Police Now intake because it gives them real autonomy and a chance to become known in their communities.
Police Now candidates will be focussed on working in tough communities. They need to be proactive and problem-solving as they will be personally accountable for reducing crime and antisocial behaviour in their ward. There will also be a lot of partnership work with the partners such as the NHS, education authorities and social services After the two years graduates are free to leave the Met or develop a career within it. A number of ‘platinum partners’ in business and professions such as Law have been developed that will work with Police Now to help graduates explore alternative careers including a placement in the second year of the programme. While clearly the Met hopes that Police Now alumni will choose to stay on in the force and one of the Platinum Partners is the College of Policing for those who want to try to fast track their Police careers. However Police Now really sees an upside to alumni leaving and developing careers elsewhere with a more informed view of modern Policing. Police Now is exclusive to the Met but may well be rolled out nationally but for the time being there are 50 places available in London
You will need 300 UCAS points; be on track for a 2.1; indefinite leave to remain in the UK and, of course, get through the various tests and assessment centre. Seven competencies will be assessed in recruitment process:
o Serving the public
o Working with partners and stakeholders
o Delivering successfully
During the presentation, which took place in New Scotland Yard, the programme developers, serving police officers and a consultant from PwC, stressed that the role of the ward officer offers a distinctive opportunity for graduates to work closely with communities creating safer and crime free environments
This is far removed from the received image of Police constables arriving in force to nick criminals. Persuasion and negotiation skills are deployed to develop relationships in their ward. At the same time ward officers will get a lot of training to underpin the power of arrest which they will have
The Recruitment process is designed to be quick – six weeks from application to offer followed by six weeks intensive training in the summer before Ward Officers join their communities. There are a number of stages applicants face
- Stage 1 a formal online check, online verbal and numerical tests and some competency based questions
- Stage 2 one day assessment tests, in tray exercise, and a presentation. This stage is designed to ensure the applicants have the competencies the Ward Officer will need.
The scheme is officially launched on October 1st and applications open on October 15th. Recruitment is on a rolling basis so early applications are encouraged.
Police Now have appointed a number of University Ambassadors and no doubt your Careers Centre will be looking to create opportunities for potential applicants to find out more first hand. The Scheme has a web site and Facebook page and Twitter account going live soon
- The Met are also re-launching their Internship Programme which is a paid programme.
- It’s an eight-week programme aimed at female and BME students to increase diversity. Open to around 15 people.
- It includes the opportunity to do operational work, as well as observation and mentoring.
- Students/graduates can also arrange work-shadowing through the University Ambassadors.