Police Cadet Volunteers2020-11-16T09:55:05+00:00

Northumbria Police Cadets

Becoming a cadet is your chance to show yourself what you’re made of. You’ll uncover skills and confidence that you never knew you had and make new friendships that will last for a lifetime.

It’s an incredible three-year programme, during which you’ll work alongside serving police officers, see behind the scenes of our stations and get involved with your local community.

How much does it cost?

We ask cadets to give a small donation of £3 per week to cover some basic expenses in running the programme. However if you think you might struggle to cover this cost we can look at this when you apply.

What if I am too old to be a cadet?

Once you are 18 you can volunteer as a Special Constable.

 Will being a police cadet help me join the police service?

The Volunteer Police Cadet scheme will give you an insight into policing and will help you to make career choices. Participation is not a guaranteed route to becoming a Police Officer, however supported progression is provided for cadets who wish to become a Special Constable.

What will I do?

Each week of the cadet programme you’ll be trained in a new subject, from learning the basics of the law to understanding arrest and custody processes. You’ll also visit specialist police teams around the force, including Air Support, Marine, Mounted (Horses), Firearms, and Forensics. It’s a great chance to get behind the scenes and find out about aspects of policing that many people don’t get to see.

You’ll also be involved in major North East events as a representative of Northumbria Police. You could find yourself lending a hand along the route of the Great North Run, joining thousands of others in marching at a Pride event or doing a meet and greet at Sunderland Air Show.

You’ll work closely with neighbourhood police officers by:

  • Taking part in officer patrols around the neighbourhood
  • Visiting local businesses to carry out ‘test purchases’ for underage items
  • Offering crime prevention advice to local residents at community events
  • Working with community groups, making visits to schools, hospitals and care homes
  • Carrying out surveys in the neighbourhood

What new skills will I learn?

Besides learning the basics of the law, you’ll also be trained in practical situations such as how to deal with incidents like a road traffic collision. You’ll pick up transferable skills like first aid and conflict management, which can be used in any situation. You’ll also find out about stop and search and get an insight into the history of the police service.

As with other uniformed services, our cadets are taught to maintain high standards in their uniform and will carry out drills, presenting themselves professionally at weekly meetings.

As a Northumbria Police cadet you’ll work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Not only does the Award look great to future employers or colleges, through the Award you can help to look after your local community/environment, become fitter, develop new skills and plan, train for and complete an expedition.

How will joining the Cadets help me?

  • New friends: You will make a whole new set of friends and gain new social skills and more confidence in group situations.
  • Step into the world of policing: You will receive an unique insight into policing and even have the chance to work alongside serving officers, learning from them and understanding what it means to be a Northumbria Police Officer.
  • Find your sense of adventure: As a Cadet you will have the opportunity to set out on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions with the aim of achieving a Bronze DofE Award and to progress to achieve a Silver DofE Award.
  • New skills for the future: Your time as a Cadet will reveal your true strengths and alongside your Cadet Leader, you will learn how to apply these skills to everyday life.
  • Deal with challenge: With a real sense of independence and a new positive mindset, you will be open to whatever opportunity or challenge comes your way.
  • Enhance your CV: The three year cadet course will look great on your university or college application and could really impress a future employer.

What should I know before I apply?

You’ll need to complete a short application form and take part in an informal interview with a cadet leader. We’ll also carry out a few background checks for things like cautions and your residency status.

Before applying make sure you meet our basic criteria for joining:

  • You should be in school year 10 at the start of the course, meaning you are turning 15 during this academic year.
  • You should live in the Northumbria Police Force area because you will be heavily involved with your local community. You also need to have lived in the UK for the last three years.
  • Even if you have received a reprimand or warning from the police, this does not necessarily mean you cannot go on to become a Cadet.
  • Applications for 2020 are open from 21 Sep until 15 November. Apply online using the links at the top of this page.

How does the programme work?

Volunteer Police Cadets meet once a week during school term time – normally on a mid-week night with possible additional dates for special events and trips. Each week you will learn about a different subject in policing. Following a 10 week induction you will celebrate at a special event where you will take the Cadet Oath in front of your family and friends.

What will I do?

Each week of the cadet programme you’ll be trained in a new subject, from learning the basics of the law to understanding arrest and custody processes. You’ll also visit specialist police teams around the force, including Air Support, Marine, Mounted (Horses), Firearms, and Forensics. It’s a great chance to get behind the scenes and find out about aspects of policing that many people don’t get to see.

You’ll also be involved in major North East events as a representative of Northumbria Police. You could find yourself lending a hand along the route of the Great North Run, joining thousands of others in marching at a Pride event or doing a meet and greet at Sunderland Air Show.

You’ll work closely with neighbourhood police officers by:

  • Taking part in officer patrols around the neighbourhood
  • Visiting local businesses to carry out ‘test purchases’ for underage items
  • Offering crime prevention advice to local residents at community events
  • Working with community groups, making visits to schools, hospitals and care homes
  • Carrying out surveys in the neighbourhood

What new skills will I learn?

Besides learning the basics of the law, you’ll also be trained in practical situations such as how to deal with incidents like a road traffic collision. You’ll pick up transferable skills like first aid and conflict management, which can be used in any situation. You’ll also find out about stop and search and get an insight into the history of the police service.

As with other uniformed services, our cadets are taught to maintain high standards in their uniform and will carry out drills, presenting themselves professionally at weekly meetings.

As a Northumbria Police cadet you’ll work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Not only does the Award look great to future employers or colleges, through the Award you can help to look after your local community/environment, become fitter, develop new skills and plan, train for and complete an expedition.

How will joining the Cadets help me?

  • New friends: You will make a whole new set of friends and gain new social skills and more confidence in group situations.
  • Step into the world of policing: You will receive an unique insight into policing and even have the chance to work alongside serving officers, learning from them and understanding what it means to be a Northumbria Police Officer.
  • Find your sense of adventure: As a Cadet you will have the opportunity to set out on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions with the aim of achieving a Bronze DofE Award and to progress to achieve a Silver DofE Award.
  • New skills for the future: Your time as a Cadet will reveal your true strengths and alongside your Cadet Leader, you will learn how to apply these skills to everyday life.
  • Deal with challenge: With a real sense of independence and a new positive mindset, you will be open to whatever opportunity or challenge comes your way.
  • Enhance your CV: The three year cadet course will look great on your university or college application and could really impress a future employer.

What should I know before I apply?

You’ll need to complete a short application form and take part in an informal interview with a cadet leader. We’ll also carry out a few background checks for things like cautions and your residency status.

Before applying make sure you meet our basic criteria for joining:

  • You should be in school year 10 at the start of the course, meaning you are turning 15 during this academic year.
  • You should live in the Northumbria Police Force area because you will be heavily involved with your local community. You also need to have lived in the UK for the last three years.
  • Ideally you will not have already started / be undertaking a Duke of Edinburgh Award as this will be completed as part of the cadet scheme.
  • Even if you have received a reprimand or warning from the police, this does not necessarily mean you cannot go on to become a Cadet.
  • Applications for 2020 are open from 21 Sep until 15 November. Apply online using the links at the top of this page.

How does the programme work?

Volunteer Police Cadets meet once a week during school term time – normally on a mid-week night with possible additional dates for special events and trips. Each week you will learn about a different subject in policing. Following a 10 week induction you will celebrate at a special event where you will take the Cadet Oath in front of your family and friends.