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Outstanding graduates sought to transform Warwickshire neighbourhoods as police officers

Warwickshire Police is working with Police Now to transform communities, reduce crime and increase the public's confidence in policing by recruiting and developing a diverse group of individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline.

Police Now gives exceptional graduates - especially those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds - the opportunity to become neighbourhood police officers and transform challenged and often deprived communities across the county.

Police Now's two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme is unique in police recruitment, allowing graduates to develop a rewarding career while helping to improve lives, not just for today, but for generations to come, by creating safe, confident communities in which people can thrive

After a 28-day immersion with Warwickshire Police, Police Now officers will immediately become responsible for their own local area. The neighbourhood role allows for officers to find the root of problems and work with local people to make real and positive changes within the community.

Experienced Leadership Development Officers play a pivotal role throughout, coaching participants to achieve their very best throughout the programme. In addition, Police Now supports and nurtures officers offering regular training, events and skills sessions.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: "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, Warwickshire Police is helping to break the cycle of offending.

"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."

Applications for Police Now in Warwickshire are open now and close on 1 March 2019. To apply, go to www.policenow.org.uk.