Volunteer Police Cadets (VPCs) are young people aged between 13 and 17 who are passionate about adding an extra dimension to their lives. They play a vital role in helping us to deliver and improve the service we provide to our communities.
Recruitment is now closed and will be open again in 2017
Volunteer Police Cadets Units
- Gateway College
- Hinckley Academy
- Leicester College
- Loughborough College
- Newbridge College
- South Leicester College
- Two further units will be opening in Market Harborough and Melton Mowbray
What is the VPC programme?
The aims of the VPC programme are to:
- Promote a practical understanding of policing among all young people
- Encourage a spirit of adventure and good citizenship
- Support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard
- Inspire young people to participate positively in their communities
Could you commit to attending a Volunteer Police Cadets evening once a week?
Could you make a valuable contribution in your community?
Could you discover a spirit of adventure and good citizenship?
Could you challenge yourself and show what you are capable of?
Gurharpreet can. Gurharpreet is 16 years old and studies at Sir Jonathan North Community College. When she's not on the pitch, training for the season ahead, Gurharpreet's only goal is for a career in law or policing.
James can. James is 14 years old and enjoys spending his spare time fishing but volunteering has reeled him in to play a positive role in his community.
Thanks to volunteers like Gurharpreet and James, Leicestershire Police is able to tackle issues that matter to local people. Cadets give up their time and energy for the benefit of the community and the people who are a part of it.
Volunteer Police Cadets help in the community and get involved with anything from local events to festivals and other occasions. They also help the local policing teams by doing leaflet drops, crime prevention initiatives, community safety events and street surveys.
VPCs are taught basic knowledge in a variety of policing activity. They explore issues around drugs, alcohol and antisocial behaviour and look at specialist police posts, such as those from the dog section.
Numerous inputs are delivered in the training section of the Volunteer Police Cadets programme including first aid, personal safety, conflict management and leadership. If you have any questions about the VPC programme or the role of a cadet, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.