Each unit is led by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic cadet leaders who volunteers their time to run the group. They arrange a variety of local activities. This can include things like charity work, community projects, first aid training, demonstrations from specialist police units, participation in ceremonial duties and education around drugs, alcohol, and wellbeing.
We understand that everyone learns differently so activities are structured in a variety of ways. They can be classroom-based, field trips, interactive projects, large group discussions or smaller group work. There is something to suit everyone.
Our cadet leaders come from a range of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience. Lots of them are serving or retired police officers or police staff. But not always. For those who haven't worked in policing, we offer the opportunity to gain skills and experience, along with a range of other benefits.
We want to grow our cadet programme, but we need your help. We’re looking for local people, over the age of 18, who can guide and inspire our cadets.
As a cadet leader you will help to encourage young people to become good citizens. You will also develop your own leadership and management skills too, gaining training and experience along the way.
This voluntary position will involve planning and attending regular meetings with your cadet unit. We also have police and ceremonial events, that cadets are required to attend, however we understand that you may not be able to attend every event. As a cadet leader you will also be asked to assist with police operations which involve your unit and help to deliver the cadet programme objectives.
You don’t need to have a policing background to be a cadet leader. In fact we encourage those outside the police community to apply. You will be supported by our VPC team and provided with the training to develop your own knowledge, skill set and recognised qualification.
Those who apply will undergo vetting to the highest national standards to enable you to work alongside young people.
Being a cadet leader is hugely rewarding. Your mentorship can support these young local people in growing into confident, well-rounded members of our community. The experiences they gain from being involved in our police cadet programme provides them with an excellent foundation to go on and achieve whatever it is they’d like to.
If you are interested interested in becoming a Volunteer Police Cadet Leader, let us know by completing our form.