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Everything you need to know about volunteering for Nottinghamshire Police

Police Cadets

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Police Cadet recruitment is now open.

Recruitment closes on 28 February 2019.



Police Cadets are young men and women who volunteer their time to learn about modern day policing and take part in community-focused initiatives.

In Nottinghamshire Police, we currently operate two fixed programmes: Junior Cadets (13-15-year olds) and Senior Cadets (16-18-year olds).

A brief background on Volunteer Police Cadets

Police Cadets were introduced back in 1951 however at this time it was only open to boys, girls were first introduced in 1966. Cadets were then phased out around 1988, in 2013 the decision was made to bring back Cadets and we recruited 67 enthusiastic young people onto the Cadet Programme. The programme has since developed rapidly and we currently have 138 police cadets aged 13-16 years old, in ten bases across the county.

Senior Cadets

There are currently more than one hundred Cadets in Nottinghamshire Police that are aged between 16 and 18 years old.

The Senior Cadet Programme sees recruits meet once per week during term time, usually on a Wednesday evening between 7 and 9pm.

During their time with the Force, Cadets gain a unique insight into modern day policing whilst providing them with exciting opportunities such as visiting different departments across the organisation such as the Control Room, Custody and the Firearms and Dog section.

Recruits to the programme also take part in team-building skills by taking part in social and sports activities, as well as being given the opportunity to experience lift on the front-line by going on patrol with police and special constables, as well as members of the extended policing family, including our Police Community Support Officers.

They will also receive numerous specialist training including emergency first aid, risk management and understand how our officers protect the public and deal with incidents.

By joining the Cadet programme, recruits also work towards attaining a Foundation in Policing – a nationally recognised qualification which has been created in partnership with Derbyshire Constabulary and Derby University. The qualification is equivalent to 45 UCAS points and provides recruits with guidance and pathways into policing.

Cadets are based at Police Stations across the county, where they meet with their leaders each week. Current Cadet bases are: Carlton, City Centre, Clifton, Hucknall, Mansfield, West Bridgford and Worksop.

NB: Upon joining the programme, recruits will be based at their nearest station.


Applicants can apply when they are in year 11 or aged 16. If you are in year 11 but are aged 15 you can apply for the cadet programme as long as you are 16 in September of the year you wish you start the cadet programme.

For more information

To contact us for general queries about the role of a Police Cadet please email us on police.cadets@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.

Junior Cadets

Our Junior Cadet Programme is a new initiative, which sees 13-15-year olds take part in classroom and practical activities relating to policing.
Junior Cadets meet once per week, usually on a Wednesday evening after school with their Cadet Leaders to take part in community projects and events.

NOTE: Our Junior Cadet Programme operates in selected schools across the county and we cannot accept any applications online as the selection process takes place within the schools.

More information

To contact us for general queries about the role of a Police Cadet please email us on police.cadets@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.

You can also ‘follow’ the work of our Cadets on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NottsCadets

Cadet Programme at University of Derby


Volunteer application guidance notes

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Please read these notes before applying to become a volunteer. If your questions are not answered here please contact Voluntary Services on 101 ext 800 3474 for advice.

Can I volunteer with Nottinghamshire Police? 

You must be over 18. There is no upper age limit for volunteers.

Conflict of interest

Applications will not be accepted from individuals where there is a significant possibility that this could lead to a conflict of interest in your professional life or another voluntary role. You must therefore give full details of your current employment or other voluntary work you do as part of your application. Please refer to the list below for guidance.

Barred professions

  • Private detectives and enquiry agents
  • Security officers, guards and door people
  • Members of employer’s police force and private constabularies

Considered on a case by case basis

  • Magistrates, clerks to justices and clerks to court
  • Probation officers
  • Bailiffs, warrant officers
  • Holders of liquor licences and managers of licensed houses
  • Licensees of betting/gaming premises
  • Civilian detention officers (employed by police authorities)
  • Custody officers and custody escort officers
  • Traffic wardens

Allowed with no restrictions

  • Neighbourhood wardens
  • Members of full-time fire service
  • Members of the armed forces

Volunteers from overseas

If you are from the UK, the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, there are no restrictions on you volunteering with Nottinghamshire Police.

However, if you are from outside the European Economic area (EEA) you are not allowed to take up work paid or unpaid which includes volunteering without a valid work permit.

Your status is indicated in your passport or in a letter of status and if you are from outside the EEA, you must bring either of these documents with you when invited to attend an interview.

Due to the vetting requirements necessary before volunteering, or having access to premises or assets within Nottinghamshire Police, it is difficult to complete thorough checks on individuals who have not been resident in the United Kingdom for the previous three years.

Therefore except in very exceptional circumstances, three-year residency is an essential requirement.

Vetting procedures

When volunteering with Nottinghamshire Police, you may be exposed to confidential and sensitive information.

All volunteers are subject to the Data Protection Act and the Official Secrets Act and it is therefore important that every reasonable precaution is taken to ensure the reliability and integrity of individuals joining the Police Volunteer Support Team.

For this reason you, your family and others who live at your address will be subject to a detailed vetting process. Please provide details of any previous names (including maiden names) for all individuals listed on your application form.

Tattoos and facial piercings

In order to comply with Health and Safety legislation and in accordance with our Code of Conduct, you must let us know if you have any tattoos on your face, neck, forearms or hands and/or facial piercings.

These will not prevent you from becoming a volunteer but may influence the location of your volunteering activity.

Tattoos containing images perceived to depict violent, sexist, racist or homophobic meaning will not be acceptable.

Facial piercing, may compromise Health and Safety legislation for particular roles and it is therefore necessary to have details of any facial piercing you have.

How to complete the application form

Please complete the application form in full. Application forms that are received incomplete will be returned to you resulting in delays. Information about you will be treated in strict confidence.

You should email your completed application form to volunteers@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk


You must provide us with the names and full addresses of two people (not relatives) who are prepared to vouch for your character.

Where possible, please include your current or most recent employer or volunteering organisation as a reference. If you are using a friend to act as reference please state on the form how you know them. We do not accept references that are sent with the application form.

Applicants with disabilities

Individuals with a disability can provide their application in a different format to the standard application form. If you have a disability or a special need with regard to the interview please let us know so that the relevant person can make any necessary arrangements prior to the interview.

Data Protection

The information you give will be stored on a computer for which registration has been made under the Data Protection Act. This information will not be used for any purpose other than monitoring, which, will be carried out, by the HR/ Personnel Department and Diversity Team. If you go on to become a member of the Police Volunteer Support Team your details will be kept in a personal file.

Posting your application form

If you wish to print an application form and return to us in the post please post it to Volunteer Co-ordinator, Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters, Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 8PP.

We retain the right to refuse acceptance of applicants who do not meet the selection criteria and, where appropriate, reject an application without giving a reason.


Volunteer Role Description - Community Safety Volunteer

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The key tasks undertaken in this role are

  1. Engage with and develop good working practices with the public, neighbourhood policing teams and their partners.
  2. Ensure that the Neighbourhood Priority Survey Forms and Neighbourhood Alert Forms are completed correctly.
  3. Enter information on the relevant IT system and submit to the Lead Community Volunteer within an agreed timescale.
  4. Record information and queries from members of the public in an appropriate and legible format and submit to Lead Community Safety Volunteer or line manager.
  5. Distribute and give crime reduction advice to members of the public where necessary, in line the policing priorities.
  6. Be able to use ESIBS to inform supervisor and Lead Volunteer of attendance.
  7. To carry out any other tasks as reasonably required.

You should also have good communication skills, computer skills, attention to detail, knowledge of local area, good organisation skills, have the use of a mobile phone and be flexible at time keeping.


Volunteer Role Description - Administrative Support Volunteer

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The key tasks involved in this role are

  1. To complete administrative tasks, for example, filing and dealing with telephone enquiries.
  2. To update databases.
  3. Preparation of letters and emails to colleagues and external agencies.
  4. To carry out any other tasks as reasonably required.
  5. Be able to use ESIBS to report attendance.

You should have good communication skills, attention to detail, good organisation skills, computer skills – Excel and Word and the ability to use photocopiers, fax machines and scanners.


Will I need a medical check?

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You will be asked to sign a declaration about your fitness to undertake the role assigned to you, should your application be successful.

Will I be security checked?

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Yes, you will be subject to our vetting procedure. 

You can find out about our criteria on criminal convictions and cautions and the involvement of third parties in the vetting process by clicking on the button below.

Will I attend an interview?

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Should your application be successful, you will be invited to an interview and will have to provide two character references before starting your voluntary role.

Do volunteers wear a uniform?

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No, volunteers are asked to dress in a way that is appropriate to their role and to respect our dress code. 

You will wear a Nottinghamshire Police identity badge and in some cases an identifying tabard.

How do I benefit?

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We will provide you with an opportunity to work alongside police officers and staff, gain valuable skills and experience within a professional and public organisation. 

You will have the opportunity to meet new people and work as part of a team, engage and interact with people from different communities and backgrounds whilst making a positive contribution to your community.

Can I claim expenses?

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Volunteers are not paid. However, out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel costs and car parking charges, can be claimed.

How much time do I have to give each week?

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You can offer as many hours as you wish during the day, evening or at weekends – at times that best suit your own personal and work commitments. 

We request a minimum commitment of eight hours per month.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

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You must be 18 or over to volunteer. 

If you're aged between 16 and 18 you can apply to become a cadet.

Are there any restrictions I should know about?

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Yes. You must have been a resident in the United Kingdom for the last three years. 

If you are from the United Kingdom, the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, there are no restrictions on you volunteering with us. 

However, if you are from outside the European Economic Area you are are not allowed to take up paid or unpaid work, which includes volunteering, without a valid work permit. 

Your status is indicated in your passport or in a letter of status. 

If you're from outside the European Economic Area, you must bring either of these documents with you if you are invited to attend an interview.

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