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The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) is a uniformed voluntary youth organisation, supported by the Police, and open to young people aged 13-18 from across the UK’s diverse communities, irrespective of their background or financial circumstances, and including those vulnerable to crime or social exclusion.

The Volunteer Police Cadet programme offers a fantastic variety of opportunities to the young people involved, many of which would otherwise be well beyond their expectations.

Police cadets logoPreparing for your future

The aim is to prepare young people for their future by providing varied activities and opportunities to develop qualifications, enhance inter-personal skills and confidence, and achieve a sense of pride through supporting community policing.

In addition, the programme is intended to enhance Cadets’ opportunities for further education, employment and training.


Cadets with Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

Expression of interest form

If you would like to join as a Cadet, please complete the form below and select 'Essex Police Cadet'.

We are always looking for volunteer Cadet Leaders so we can make more spaces available in the future and cater for more Cadets. Even if prospective leaders cannot commit to attending every week, we'd still like to hear from you. Please apply using the form below and select 'Cadet Leader'. Please remember that you have to be over 18 to be a Cadet Leader.

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