Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How often do cadets meet?

A. Units meet once a week in the evening (during school/college term-times) and may be additionally involved in activities at weekends and during school holidays. Cadets also aim to volunteer three hours per month in support of local policing.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Even though the cadets are volunteers in the organisation, we ask them to give a small amount of money to the unit through weekly subscriptions which will be set upon commencement. This is used to cover some basic expenses in running the programme. If individuals have particular financial difficulties then a resolution can be discussed with the local unit Cadet Leaders.

Q. What equipment do I need?

A. We will provide a uniform to cadets at no cost. Cadets are required to wear black/dark shoes or boots (school uniform type footwear) while in uniform. We recommend bringing a pen and pad to write down notes and to record information when at cadet meetings or events.

Q. Will being a cadet help me to join the Police service?

A. The Voluntary Police Cadet programme will provide you with a practical insight into policing. However, there are no guarantees that this will lead to either paid or voluntary work within the wider police family.

Q. Will it increase my chances of getting accepted into the force when I am 18 years old?

A. The volunteering that you complete can be added to your C.V. so in this respect it will increase your personal chances. It is not a part of the recruitment pathway.

Q. How old do I have to be to join?

A. The Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) programme is open to young people aged 13 to 18. You can apply to join the VPC programme aged 12 years, as long as your thirteenth birthday is before the programme commencement date.

Q. Do I have to have any qualifications or skills?

A. You don’'t need any experience, skills or qualifications to be a cadet however there is a selection process. We expect you to commit to attend regularly, volunteer three hours per month (after the recruit induction period) and strive to improve yourself and your local community.

Q. Will there be an interview? If so, who with?

A. At this time, there are no plans to hold formal interviews. However, we reserve the right to follow up any application forms with telephone or personal interviews, if appropriate.

Q. Can I still join if I have special needs?

A. The programme welcomes young people of all abilities. If a cadet has special requirements we will strive to accommodate this. If appropriate, we can utilise the support of a carer provided by the cadet.

Q. Will you look into my family and background?

A. New recruits wishing to join the programme will go through a vetting process; the purpose of this vetting is not to routinely preclude any young person from the programme, but rather allow the Cadet Leaders to manage any potential risk that is highlighted.

Q. I don'’t live in the Leicestershire Police area. Can I still join?

A. We are only able to offer places to young people living, or being educated, in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland.

Q. Are there open days so I can see what it is like to be a cadet?

A. We currently do not offer open days. However, if you contact your local unit they can arrange for you to come along and observe one of the evenings.

Q. I'’m too young to join. What else can I do?

A. Leicestershire has other uniformed youth groups such as Scouts, Guides, St. Johns Ambulance, Sea and Army Cadets that you may be interested to join.

Q. I'’m too old to join. What else can I do?

A. There are other volunteering opportunities within Leicestershire Police such as the Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers. You can also become a Cadet Leader.

Q. I'’ve been in trouble with the Police. Can I still join?

A. As part of the application process you will be required to disclose any information regarding convictions, cautions or other criminal disposals, and these will be taken into consideration. Failure to provide information may hinder your application and prevent you from joining the programme.

Q. My question hasn'’t been answered, can I talk to somebody?

A. The best way for you to find out more is by contacting Sergeant Danny Graham, Lead Coordinator of the Volunteer Police Cadet programme at Leicestershire Police. You can email:

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