Volunteer Police Cadets were introduced to Northamptonshire Police in June 2011. The Police Cadet scheme is an important part of our extended police family network and the voluntary Police Cadets is for young people aged between 16 and 19.
There is an Open Evening for those interested in joining as a Police Cadet on 21 March 2013, 7pm at Force Headquarters. If you wish to attend please email your name to the address below.
For more information regarding our Police Cadets please refer to the rest of the information on this webpage or contact our Specials & Volunteers Coordinators, Lizzi and Dave:
Tel: 101 ext. 2760
Putting Communities First
The aims of the Northamptonshire Police Cadet Scheme are to:
- Promote positive images of young people and the police in the community
- Help young people develop skills, social responsibility and knowledge to make good life choices
- Facilitate links between police and young people whilst developing an understanding of police and community working
- Develop stronger communities and an awareness amongst young people of their community and environment in which they live.
Who can join?
Our cadet scheme is open to all young people regardless of their career ambitions or capabilities. Cadets will develop skills and confidence that will be of benefit to communities and employers.
Our scheme is open to 16 – 19 year olds. However, cadets must be 16 years of age when joining but can then continue until their 19 birthday when they will then be encouraged to continue volunteering in the community.
Benefits of becoming a cadet
- Make new friends
- Develop valuable skills
- Police training
- Making a real difference in the community
- Building confidence
- Sense of achievement
The Cadets meet every Thursday evening from 5.30pm until 9.30pm at FHQ, Northampton. Excluding school holidays but including the summer holidays where a team building ‘summer camp’ takes place.
Please note that applications to the Northamptonshire Police scheme are restricted to those who are, or will be 16 and no older by the start of the next academic year and they must achieve a GCSE Grade C in English.
Applications are considered on the basis of merit with a structured selection process. New intakes take place annually.
What do police cadets do?
Our Police Cadets will develop valuable life skills such as communication, team working and gain an understanding of community issues.
Some of the activities our Cadets are taught are:
- Law and police procedures
- Team Building activities
- Uniform inspection and drill
- Crime Prevention
- Fitness training
- First Aid
In partnership with Northampton College our Cadets undertake a BTEC Diploma Level 2 in Public Services.
Cadets also have the opportunity to assist local policing teams with:
- Family community events, fun days or other police events
- Letter drops
- Test purchasing of alcohol and cigarettes
- Crime prevention
- Moto GP
- Remembrance Sunday
- And other local events.
If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Police Cadets please email email@example.com
"The Police Cadets has offered me a chance to meet more people of my own age. It has also offered me the chance to gain both knowledge and qualifications relating to the police service."
"The benefits are discipline, respect and communication. We learn in a fun and factual environment and get into the work we do."
"The great experiences that you get from taking part in Operation Guardian and other events. Meeting new people and communicating with members of the public."
"I feel my confidence has grown and I have made new friends."
"I like having fitness tests as they allow me to keep up to date with my fitness. My favourite part is participating in community events."
"I get to meet new people, gain new experiences, gain new skills and also it teaches me responsibility by looking after my uniform."