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What are police cadets?

The scheme aims to give young people between the ages of 13 and 18 the opportunity to develop their qualities and skills through a structured programme and to enhance the relationship between the public and police. Cumbria Police Cadets come from all of our diverse communities, irrespective of their background or financial circumstances, and including those vulnerable to crime or social exclusion.
The Volunteer Police Cadet programme offers a fantastic variety of opportunities to the young people involved, many of which would otherwise be well beyond their expectations.

What does a police cadet do?

Cadets will be trained by police officers, staff and Police Support Volunteers. Cadets will learn about the law and the specialist police departments as well as taking part in drills and inspections. Cadets take part in neighbourhood policing initiatives, plus community activities and events.

Preparing for your future

The aim is to prepare young people for their future by providing varied activities and opportunities to develop qualifications, enhance inter-personal skills and confidence, and achieve a sense of pride through supporting community policing.

We generally open for recruitment every April for a September intake. Please monitor this website for further updates and application forms.

If you want to express an interest in being a Police Cadet with us please contact us via the National Volunteer Police Cadet website.

Cadets are held at the following locations during term time only between 18:00- 20:00hrs:

Barrow – Tuesday evenings
Workington – Tuesday evenings
Penrith  - Wednesday evenings
Kendal – Monday evenings
Carlisle – Thursday evenings


Will I get a uniform?
Yes, all police volunteer cadets will be issued with a free cadet uniform including boots. Details issued upon joining.

Who can become a volunteer police cadet?
You need to be between your 13th Birthday and your 17th Birthday.

How much does it cost?
No charge will be made for the cadets.

I'm not in the age range, what else can I do?
Once you are 18 you can volunteer as a Special Constable or a Police Volunteer Leader.

Can I still join if I'm in trouble with the police?
Any young person will be considered. Previous offending will not necessarily be a reason to exclude a young person, but it may mean you will need to be spoken to prior to joining to determine your commitment not to reoffend. All applicants undergo background checks for their safety and that of the VPC Leaders and public.

Will it 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. However, membership is not a guaranteed route to becoming a Police Officer or any other employment within a Police Service.

How often do I have to attend?
Cadets meet weekly and it is expected that you will attend all sessions. Education will always come first. You will also be asked to attend activities and events outside of the regular meetings and attendance is highly recommended.

Do I have to leave when I am 18?
Cadets at 18 years old must leave but can become a police volunteer with the unit, however it is recommended that they leave their own unit for three months to show a break between being a cadet and becoming staff.

Is it only for people that want a career with the police?
No! Our scheme is open to all young people regardless of their career ambitions or capabilities.

Am I able to do the Duke of Edinburgh award as a Police Cadet?
Yes. Current cadets completed their Bronze award during the Summer of 2019 and some are working towards their Silver award over the next year.

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