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Do you want to develop yourself to lead and inspire young people as Volunteer Police Cadets?

Can you...

  • Give some of your own time volunteering as a unit leader?
  • Provide guidance and support for the youths within cadets?
  • Assist Cumbria Constabulary in delivering an excellent service to the community?
  • Be part of something exciting in your own community?

Are you...

  • Over 18 years old?
  • From any background, ethnicity or social group?
  • Interested in learning new skills?
  • Interested in learning more about your local police? 


Volunteering your time as a leader for the VPC is a very rewarding thing to do. It will enable you to develop your skills to inspire young people to become good citizens.

Whilst most of our leaders come from the policing family, we welcome adults from all walks of life and particularly encourage those without a policing background.

You will undergo vetting to the highest national standards, enabling you to work alongside young people. You will receive training to support you to develop your own knowledge and skillset.

Being a leader will enable you to have a better understanding of British policing and give you opportunities locally, nationally and even internationally in support of social action.

There are opportunities to become a leader no matter how many hours a week/month you are able to volunteer. You do not need any qualifications to become a leader.

Safe and secure environment

Providing a safe and secure environment where young people can meet with others, learn about policing and policing issues, contribute to community initiatives and have fun is at the heart of the experience provided through the volunteer police cadets. The public expect and deserve to have trust and confidence in their police and this is even more so when this comes to protecting children and young people in our care when participating in activities organised by the police service.

Whilst Cumbria Constabulary is part of the national movement, we manage our own risk in relation to the safety of our cadets and leaders. We expect all our police officers, police staff and adult volunteers who support cadet units, to uphold the highest standards in child safeguarding, protection and supervision. As part of this, all adult volunteers are checked and vetted by the Constabulary prior to being able to participate and support cadet unit activities as well as enhanced DBS checks.

Cumbria Constabulary follow the national safeguarding framework that has been agreed by National Police Chiefs' Council and all Chief Constables have signed up to adopting. This offers a streamlined and consistent approach to the reporting and managing of safeguarding concerns, the recruitment of leaders, training, organising activities and beyond. This ensures that everyone involved in VPC knows what is expected of them at a local and national level and that confidential reporting and investigation is done in a consistent manner.

We work alongside the National Safeguarding Manager who is responsible for maintaining contact with police forces about this critical responsibility and about the standards and codes of conduct expected at a national level so that we can continue to work towards providing the safest and highest level of standards of youth safeguarding available nationally.

If you or anyone you know has any concerns about the safety of anyone involved in the Volunteer Police Cadets you can report via the following means:

Professional standards: PSD-ACUIntel@cumbria.police.uk or alternatively you can contact the VPC National Safeguarding Manager for advice vpc.safeguarding@vpc.police.uk

Other points of contact are:-

The NSPCC helpline 0800 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

The Independent Office for Police Conduct 0300 020 0096 or cadets@policeconduct.gov.uk

About the Volunteer Police Cadets

The Volunteer Police Cadets have an agreed, overarching framework within which police forces across the UK operate their cadet schemes. The Volunteer Police Cadets is the nationally recognised police uniformed youth group throughout England & Wales and in Scotland known as Police Scotland Youth Volunteers. Whilst being a national movement, all forces work to a national standard, whilst ensuring local volunteer police cadets operate flexibly in local police forces with individual forces being responsible for their delivery. The sharing of good practice and learning is encouraged at a national level. The police officers, police staff and adult volunteers who support cadet units are expected, to uphold the highest standards in line with the values of British policing. The National VPC is a part of the wider National Citizens in Policing portfolio. All forces operate under the National Police Chiefs' Council supported framework, sharing the common Aims and Principles of the VPC across England & Wales.

Further information can be found on the VPC website:

Home | Volunteer Police Cadets (vpc.police.uk)

Now Hiring - Cadet Leaders

**We are not currently hiring Cadet Leaders, however, if you are interested please register your details with the Citizens in Policing Team – CiP@cumbria.police.uk**

Are you a person who wants to inspire and develop young people along with developing your own skills? Cumbria Police Cadets are seeking volunteer cadet leaders to help 100 young people aged 13-17 years across the county.

If you have evenings and some weekends free and you are a willing and committed person, we would like to hear from you. We are currently looking for leaders for the whole county. Being a leader is one of the most rewarding things you will do!

Our cadet units parade on the following nights:

Monday – Kendal Police Station
Tuesday – Barrow Police Station
Tuesday – Workington Police Station
Wednesday – Police HQ, Penrith
Thursday – Carlisle Police Station

Full training will be provided to new cadet leaders.

Cadet Leader FAQs

You must be 18 years old. There is no upper age limit. We have many students and retirees who are leaders.

No. We welcome applications from non-policing backgrounds.

Certainly. All leaders, whether from the policing family or outside, are vetted to the appropriate national standards to work with young people. Your vetting will have to be completed prior to you working unsupervised with young people and will require police vetting and DBS checks.

No. Some of our leaders are available for a few hours a week, whilst others volunteer once a month or so. It is dependant on your role as a leader. Some leaders attend all the weekly unit meetings whilst others may specialise in, for example, map reading in support of Duke of Edinburgh award once a month.

Yes. We provide full training for our leaders. The Volunteer Police Cadet team have developed an Adult Volunteer Team Leader course which is available to forces and we also offer our own in house specific training courses.


Not necessarily. However, it will give you an insight into policing and help you decide whether a career in the police is right for you.

If you require any further information regarding any aspect of the Cadet scheme, please contact the Citizens in Policing Team – CiP@cumbria.police.uk