Could you be a Cadet Leader?

Be an inspiration to our cadets, and develop your leadership skills at the same time.

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Cadet leaders are vital in encouraging and guiding our police cadets towards the future they desire, whether within the policing family or elsewhere. The skills that young people can gain from being cadets will help to shape their future.

“As a cadet leader, you can help make a difference to almost 300 young people enrolled on our cadet programme. Pass on your knowledge, advice and experience and help them through their policing journey. Your actions, whether big or small, will have an impact on a Cadet’s life.”

What is a cadet leader?

Cadet leaders offer their time to assist in the running and preparation of our Cadet programme.

If you’re retired, a student or in full-time or part-time employment and you want to do something worthwhile with your spare time, you could be a cadet leader.

You don’t need a background in policing to be a leader, you’ll still have valuable skills and experience that will benefit our cadet programme. Our leaders come from a diverse range of backgrounds, from police officers and PCSOs to members of the public who want to make a positive difference to the young people who live in their area.

How much time do I need to volunteer?

Cadet units meet one evening per week throughout the academic year, and additionally volunteer in their community for three hours per month.

Cadet leaders are asked to regularly attend the cadet unit meetings (which usually last around 2 hours) and to supervise cadets in the community where possible. However, we do appreciate that our leaders volunteer their own time to help us, and may not be able to attend every single unit session or volunteering event.

What will I be doing?

You’ll be key in engaging and inspiring the cadets in your unit, while also maintaining order and discipline.

You’ll be a role model for the cadets, and your support will allow them to have experiences they’d not usually get the opportunity to have.

You’ll be helping them to develop their confidence, physical and social skills through interactive tuition and team building activities.

By volunteering only two hours per week, you’ll be helping to develop the next generation.

Where are the cadet units?

We have cadet units based in eight units across the county:

You will be given the choice of which unit you’d like to volunteer in.

How do I apply?

If you’re ready to do something positive and exciting with your free time, please apply online now

After submitting an online application form, you will be invited to an informal interview before undergoing NPPV2 police vetting.

You will then undertake your Cadet Leader Training with us, and you’ll also be required to complete an online Level 1 Safeguarding Course (takes around 30 minutes).

If you'd like to speak to a member of the team first to find out more, please get in touch by emailing us at

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