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Everything you need to know about volunteering for Nottinghamshire Police

Police Cadets

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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


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.

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.

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