Police Cadet Volunteers2022-09-20T20:04:51+01:00

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.

Apply now to become a Northumbria Police cadet

How old must I be to be a cadet?

You should be in years 9 or 10 at school, turning 14 or 15 in this academic year. Once you are 18, you can apply to 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. Taking part in the cadet scheme is not a guaranteed route to becoming a police officer, but should you choose to join us as a Special Constable, we’ll support you to achieve your goal.

Don’t forget, cadets isn’t just for those who are considering a police career. Joining the programme gives you experiences and skills that are transferable to lots of other career paths too!

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 have the opportunity to visit specialist police teams around the force, which could include 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. You’ll pick up skills like first aid, problem solving, conflict management, and team working, which can be used in any situation. You’ll also learn about Northumbria Police’s Code of Ethics, and get an insight into the history of the Northumbria 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 have the chance to 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. Find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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?

Applications are now open to become a cadet. Apply now.

You’ll need to complete a short application form and take part in an informal interview with a cadet leader.

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

  • You should be in school years 9 or 10 at the start of the course, meaning you are turning 14 or 15 during this academic year.
  • You should live in the Northumbria Police Force area because you will be heavily involved with your local community.
  • Even if you have received a reprimand or warning from the police, this does not mean you cannot go on to become a Cadet.

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 have the opportunity to visit specialist police teams around the force, which could include 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. You’ll pick up transferable skills like first aid, problem solving, conflict management, and team working, which can be used in any situation. You’ll also learn about Northumbria Police’s Code of Ethics, and get an insight into the history of the Northumbria 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 have the chance to 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. You can find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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?

Applications are open – apply now to become a Northumbria Police cadet. You’ll need to complete a short application form and take part in an informal interview with a cadet leader.

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

  • You should be in school years 9 or 10 at the start of the course, meaning you are turning 14 or 15 during this academic year.
  • You should live in the Northumbria Police Force area because you will be heavily involved with your local community.
  • 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 mean you cannot go on to become a Cadet.

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.