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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).

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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 
  • Two three-day expeditions  
  • Inspection and drill
  • Crime prevention
  • Local community events
  • Charity fund raising 
  • Physical training 
  • First aid

Find out more about what you could be involved in, the thoughts of current cadets and a step-by-step guide to the recruitment process in our interactive guide.

Why join us as a cadet?

The Police Cadet Scheme is a really great way for 10 to 18-year-olds 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.  

These young people are potential future officers and this is our way of shaping hearts and minds. 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 force (although we hope you will), you’ll definitely become a more confident and socially aware young adult.

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What do you need?

  • You must be aged between 10 and 17 to join the Cadets.
  • You must be a UK Citizen, EU Citizen with EU Settled or Pre-Settled status, a Commonwealth Citizen or Foreign National with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom. Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have lived here for the three years immediately preceding your application.

Meet some of the team

Cadet Harvie H.

“I wanted to join the police cadets because I’m interested in joining the police force when I’m older to keep the community safe.

Whilst I’ve been at the police cadets l’ve learnt that I can respect people more and I’ve found out a lot more about what police do every day. I've also learnt about first aid which l didn’t know anything about before doing it, it’s a good skill to have. I would encourage someone to join the police cadets because  l would want them to have a good experience and learn more about it if was something that they was interested in it”. 

Current police cadet and volunteer opportunities

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