To be part of one of our cadet units it costs £10 per month per cadet. This money goes into the unit’s fund and helps to pays towards trips and equipment for the cadets.
There will be additional costs for larger trips and activities, but the amount is subsided by unit funds.
Cadets do not have to buy their own uniform, but we do ask that cadets buy their own black boots to wear with their uniform.
We also have a bursary scheme available for those who need financial support.
We pride ourselves on being accessible to everyone and believe young people shouldn’t be at a disadvantage because of their financial circumstances.
Essex Police will provide two sets of uniform for each cadet. A ‘number one’ uniform and a ‘number two’ uniform.
Number one uniform
The ‘number one’ uniform is used for more formal occasions, official duties, or ceremonial events. The uniform consists of a shirt, trousers, jacket, belt, beret, epaulettes (a badge with our police cadet number worn on the shoulder), and a brassard (a band worn on the sleeve).
Number two uniform
The ‘number two’ uniform is for less formal occasions. It consists of a polo shirt, a hooded top, and a baseball cap. We also provide fluorescent jackets for any activity where they are needed.
Become a cadet
If you or someone you know is interested in joining one of our cadet units, let us know by registering your interest with us.
Once recruitment for the unit opens, the young person will be invited to enrol. They’ll be able to attend an event hosted by the unit and given the opportunity to speak to the cadet leaders. They'll be able to find out more about the unit and speak to some of the young people already involved.
As part of the enrolment process, we will conduct a basic police and identity check. We will also check eligibility to join the programme.
But it’s important to know that if the applicant has been in trouble with the police before, it doesn’t mean they can’t become a cadet. Decisions are based upon making sure everyone stays safe.