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Police Cadets Scheme

Police Cadets

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Volunteer Cadet recruitment is now open. Click here to apply and make a difference!

There are a number of Cadet ‘bases’ across the Force, covering both our Junior and Senior programmes.

Junior cadets 13-15

  • Carlton Academy Carlton
  • St. Augustine School Worksop

Senior Cadets 16-18

  • Carlton
  • City
  • Clifton
  • Hucknall
  • Mansfield
  • West Bridgford
  • Worksop

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.

Junior Cadets

In 2016 the force welcomed 7 young people aged 13-15 years old as junior police cadets. The junior cadets where introduced as part of a pilot scheme to encourage more young people to make a positive impact in their community whilst gaining valuable skills and insight from the police.  The 7 young people were based in St. Augustine School Worksop and attended cadet sessions on Wednesday evenings 19:00pm-21:00pm term time only. The cadets covered a range of topics such as Role of the Police, Drill, Personal Safety, First Aid, Internet safety and much more.

Following from the success of the pilot scheme, in 2017 we welcome 37 new junior cadets who are based in Carlton Academy, Nottingham. The programme is a three year programme where cadets start when they are 13 and finish the programme at 15 year old.  The cadets finish the junior cadet at 15 years old and will come back as senior cadets at 16 years old when they are starting College or Sixth form.


Recruitment for junior cadets is currently through schools with different schools expressing interest each year to host the police cadets and have a cadet programme in their schools.  If you are interested in being Junior police cadet please do e-mail me on the e-mail address before with your name and school details.

Senior Cadets

We currently have 91 senior cadets that are aged between 16-18 years old. The senior programme is for two years term time only programme where cadets attend cadet meeting on a Wednesday from 19:00pm to 21:00pm. The aim for the programme is to give cadets a solid understanding into policing with a criminological approach as well as giving the cadets a practical approach into policing and problem solving.

The method of delivering sessions is geared towards spending time giving the cadets an understanding into the history of policing, the criminal justice system, crime and criminality, powers of arrest, stop and search, statements, custody procedures and crime victims. The cadets will cover the theory and practical aspects of these areas and other topical areas in order to get an in-depth knowledge of the roles of a Police Officer, PCSO, CPO and Special Constable.

The cadets have an opportunity to visit different departments such as Control room, Custody Firearms and Dogs as well as opportunities to work together as a team by having sports sessions, group nights and team building exercises. The cadets are able to go patrolling with Police Officers, PCSO’s and Specials for the purpose of crime prevention. You can always find the cadets attending community events as well as representing the Force in National competitions and Conferences.

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Police constabulary have partnered with The University of Derby and  senior cadets from each force gain a Foundation Degree in Policing from Derby University which is equivalent to 45 UCAS points as part of the police cadet programme.


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.

Cadet Programme at University of Derby


How old must I be to join?

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To apply to become a police cadet, your date of birth must be between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 1999.

How much time do I have to give each week?

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Cadets will meet once a week on a weekday evening between 7-9pm.

Cadets are also required to volunteer four hours a month to help attend public events and deliver crime prevention initiatives.

How much does it cost?

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There is no fee. However all cadets must be able to travel to and from weekly base sessions.

Where are the bases?

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Cadets starting in September 2014 will be expected to attend a session once a week at one of the following bases; Carlton, Clifton, Newark and Mansfield/Ashfield.

Do I wear a uniform?

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You will be provided with a uniform and you will be expected to wear it when on duty, except when undertaking various outward bound/sports activities.

We also ask cadets to provide their own pair of study black boots or shoes to wear as part of your uniform.

Will I attend an interview?

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Should your application be successful you will be invited to attend an interview.

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 need a medical check?

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You will be asked to sign a declaration about your fitness should your application be successful.

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