Warwickshire Police Cadets is for young people who wish to engage in a programme that offers them an opportunity to gain a practical understanding of policing, develop their spirit of adventure and good citizenship, while supporting their local policing priorities through volunteering, working with partner agencies and positive participation in their communities.

We are a scheme for young people aged 13-18 who want to make a positive contribution to there local communities through Social Actions and other Police led activities. The scheme is divided into groups: the Juniors for those aged 13-16, and the Senior Scheme for those age 16 and over.

Our Volunteer Police Cadet scheme provides an environment where young people can be themselves, a place to harness their community sprit to help others, also learn new skills and to become a positive driven member of their communities.

The Warwickshire Police Cadet programme provides a basis for young people to do just this and aims to facilitate opportunities that enable them to do good in their communities. The purpose of the scheme is not aimed at recruiting more police officers although many cadets do continue to be involved in Policing when they leave, this is a scheme aimed at allowing young people to flourish and to be proud of what they can achieve by helping others.

Warwickshire Police Cadets are part of the national body which oversees Police cadets in the UK, The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC).

Aims of the Cadets

  • To promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people.
  • To encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship.
  • To support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard.
  • To inspire young people to participate positively in their communities.

The VPC and Warwickshire Police believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to thrive regardless of his or her background.

Locally and nationally, Police Cadet schemes encourage young people from all backgrounds to join, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion. Our scheme has a diverse group of young people aged 13 - 18 years, who have a joint desire to support their local communities and gain a practical understanding of policing.

You can contact us at cadets@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

Being a Police Cadet

As a Cadet you will

  • make new friendships
  • take part in fun and exciting activities
  • support your own community through volunteering and social action projects
  • challenge yourself to learn and develop new skills
  • attend weekly meetings to learn about policing and issues that affect your community
  • attend personal safety training, learn about first aid and search techniques and take part in team-building and social activities
  • be trained in leadership and conflict resolution
  • develop to become a positive role model and advocate for your younger peers
  • be part of volunteering activities to prevent crime in your community, such as talking to the public to give them security advice including downloading tracking apps onto smart phones or registering valuables
  • gain an insight into British policing

Activities

Your activities will include:

  • supporting local policing teams at high profile public
  • events delivering crime prevention advice
  • visiting vulnerable and elderly care homes
  • assisting the public at community events
  • mystery shopper activities to kerb the underage sale of alcohol, knives, fireworks and cigarettes

Each year we have a five-day residential stay at an outdoor activity centre, where Cadets take taking part in a whole range of exciting and daring activities.

Warwickshire Police Cadets will be a perfect opportunity to meet new people, make friends, improve your life skills and volunteer in your community. You will gain a lot from the Police Cadets and being able to put it on your CV will make you stand out to any employer. 

FAQs

Browse our frequently asked questions for more information.

Do I have to have any qualifications or skills?

You don't need any experience, skills or qualifications to be a cadet. All we ask is that you commit to attending regularly, and strive to improve yourself and your local community.

Will you look into my family and background?

All potential cadets will be vetted. The purpose of this vetting is not to routinely preclude any young person from membership but rather to allow the cadet leaders to manage any potential risk that is highlighted.

I don't live in the Warwickshire Police area, can I still join?

We are only able to offer places to young people living in Warwickshire. Each cadet unit is linked to a policing area, of which there are two in Warwickshire, and young people wishing to join should be resident within that policing area. If you live outside Warwickshire, please contact your local police force to see if they run a cadet scheme. You can do this by calling in at your local police station or contacting the force through its website.

Are there open evenings?

We currently do not offer open evenings. At times of recruitment we hold session where you can come and meet Leaders and Cadets to help with your application.

I'm too old to join, what else can I do?

There are other volunteering opportunities within Warwickshire Police including the Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers

I'm too young to join, what else can I do?

Alternative options to police cadets are the service cadet schemes within the

  • Army
  • Air
  • Sea

or other youth uniform organisations, such as the

  • Scouts
  • Guides
  • Boys' Brigade Girls' Brigade
  • St John Ambulance

There should be local provision in your area offering excellent activities and opportunities for young people. Additionally you may wish to contact your local council about other youth provision in your area.

How often do cadets meet?

Units meet once a week in the evening and are additionally involved in activities at weekends and during school holidays.

How much does it cost?

Even though the cadets are a voluntary organisation we do ask cadets to give a small amount of money to the unit through weekly subscriptions. This will be used to cover some basic expenses in running the cadet scheme.

However, if individuals have particular financial difficulties then a resolution can be discussed through with the local leaders.

What equipment do I need?

There is no specific equipment you need in order to join the cadets. We provide a uniform to cadets at no cost, however you will have to provide black shoes/boots. We recommend bringing a pen and pad to write down notes and to take in information when at cadet meetings or events.

Can I just go along and see what it is like?

You will need to speak to the leaders to arrange to go along.

Will it help me join the police force?

Joining the Cadets will provide you with an insight into policing, however, it will not specifically assist your application.

Can I still join if I have been in trouble with the police?

In most cases the answer to this is yes. However, each case will be considered on merit.

What do police cadets do?

Police cadets, help and assist in the community by getting involved in stewarding in local events such as fairs, town shows, carnivals and other local events. We also assist in high profile events in your areas.

What will I learn?

During your time as a Cadet you will be expected to follow a structured development programme.

Contact us

To find out where your local unit is, or to know more about becoming a Cadet, please email cadets@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

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