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.
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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
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.
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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.
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.
Alternative options to police cadets are the service cadet schemes within the
or other youth uniform organisations, such as the
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.
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.
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.
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.