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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.

The Volunteer Police Cadets is the nationally recognised police uniformed youth group throughout the UK. The purpose of the VPC is not to recruit police officers of the future, but to encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship amongst its members. The VPC believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to thrive regardless of his or her background, and encourage young people from all backgrounds to join the VPC, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion.

The aims of the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme are:

  • 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.

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

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.

During their time with the Force, Cadets gain a unique insight into modern day policing whilst providing them with exciting opportunities including visiting different departments across the organisation such as the Control Room, Custody and the Firearms and Dog section. Cadets are also given the opportunity to build interpersonal skills by taking part in social, sports and team-building activities.

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 the University of Derby. The qualification is equivalent to 45 UCAS points and provides Cadets with guidance and pathways into policing.

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 after school, with their Cadet Leaders to take part in community projects and events.

Junior Cadets follow a simplified version of our Senior Cadets programme which is detailed above, but does not include the qualification.

A number of our Junior Cadet bases are ran within schools, others are in the communities.

Base locations

Both Senior and Junior base locations are spread throughout the city and county. The locations are subject to change each academic year. Recruits will be asked to provide a preference to where they wish to be located but will be subject to availability.

More information

If you have a query that hasn’t been answered on our website or FAQ page, you can 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