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Police Cadets Scheme

Police Cadets

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Recruitment for Police Cadets is now closed.

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. Then in 2013 the decision was made to bring back Cadets and we recruited 67 enthusiastic young people onto the Cadet Programme. Following on from the success of its first year we then recruited a further 78 in 2014 and further 78 in 2015.

Our Cadet Programme is going from strength to strength and it offers young people the opportunity to learn new skills, take part in exciting activities and create lifelong friendships. The Cadets are all aged 16 upon joining and commitment to a two year training and development programme, our Cadet bases change each year but they are always within the heart of the communities that we serve.

To be a Cadet costs nothing but the experiences are invaluable.

So, what does a Cadet do?

Get out and get active

Cadets take part in team building exercises, sports activities, and will have the opportunity to take part in the National CadetCompetition which is held at different locations throughout the UK. The last National Competition took place in Scotland!

Volunteer in your local community

Upon joining the Cadet Programme, each Cadet commits to volunteering for a minimum of four hours each month to assist the police in attending community events and general public engagement activities.

Gain Knowledge

The Cadets meet once a week on a weekday evening, where they will learn about a range of topics including; the history of policing, first aid and conflict management skills. They will also have the opportunity to meet specialist units such as the dog section, crash investigation team and the underwater search unit.

The Cadets will also learn about our current campaigns; including those to reduce road traffic accidents, anti-social behaviour, and alcohol related crime.

For more information

To express your interest in becoming a Police Cadet and to be added to our recruitment mailing list please send your details, including your full date of birth and contact details to police.cadets@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk you can also use this email address to contact us for general queries about the role of a Police Cadet.

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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