What you could be doing | Police Cadets


Police Cadets

As a Derbyshire Constabulary police cadet, you’ll be taking the first rung towards a long career in policing. You’ll take part in weekly cadet meetings, social action projects and local initiatives aimed at raising the profile of young people in the county and giving you a real insight into policing.

As well as experiencing the different areas of policing such as task force, dog section, road policing unit and other operational teams, the scheme is structured to allow you to attain the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (Silver).

Junior Cadets - Regular weekly attendance is required at Chesterfield Fire Station during term time on a Thursday evening between 17.45 – 18.45 hours. The programme is expected to start September 2024.

Senior Cadets - Regular weekly attendance is required at Ripley Headquarters during term time on a Wednesday evening between 19.00 – 21.00 hours. The programme is expected to start September 2024.


What you could be involved in

Cadets meet for two hours each week, with the exception of most school holiday periods, and these are just some of the exciting activities you’ll get involved in during your service:

  • Learning about police procedures and criminal law
  • Team building activity weekends
  • Duke of Edinburgh expeditions
  • Inspection and drill
  • Crime prevention
  • Local community events
  • Charity fund raising
  • Physical training
  • First aid

Why join us as a cadet?

The Police Cadet Scheme is a great way for you to get an insight into the police and be involved in a police-orientated youth group where they can work alongside their local communities. The aims of the scheme are to give young people a taste of the many and varied aspects of policing, to make them aware of the role of the police in society, to develop their character and to promote good citizenship.

Becoming a police cadet will give you a real insight into policing and encourage your spirit of adventure. And, even if you don't go on to join the constabulary (although we hope you will), you’ll definitely become a more confident and socially aware young adult.


What do you need?

Junior Cadets - you must be aged between 10 -13 (Academic School Years 6 to 8 as of September 2024) to apply to join the Cadets.

Senior Cadet - you must be aged between 13 and 18 (Academic years 9 to 13 as of September 2024) to apply to join the Cadets.


Meet some of the team

Cadet Abi W.

“Joining police cadets is without a doubt the best thing I've ever done. It is very rewarding to be able to give back the community by assisting local safer neighbourhood teams with things like leaflet drops and knife sweeps. It helps build confidence, while also learning more about the police force and the roles within it.

“I've been in cadets for almost six years and no session is ever the same - we're always learning new things about the police force, as well as lifesaving skills like CPR and how to navigate a map.

“I would strongly recommend cadets to everyone who is interested, even if you do not intend to join the police, as it is a great way to learn skills that may be useful in everyday life”.