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Everything you need to know about volunteering for Nottinghamshire Police

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


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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