West Mercia Police Cadets is for young people who wish to engage in a programme that offers them an opportunity to gain a practical understanding of policing, develop their spirit of adventure and good citizenship, while supporting their local policing priorities through volunteering, working with partner agencies and positive participation in their communities.

Activities

As a West Mercia Police Cadet you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of training from first aid, personal fitness and drill.

You will be trained in leadership, conflict resolution and develop to become a positive role model and advocate for your younger peers. You will achieve this through team working for example on the outward bounds activity weeks. You will have the confidence and skills to resolve conflict and become transformational leaders in your communities.

Your activities will include supporting local policing teams at high profile public events, delivering crime prevention advice, visiting vulnerable and elderly care homes, assisting the public at community events and mystery shopper activities to kerb the underage sale of alcohol, knives, fireworks and cigarettes.

West Mercia Police Cadets is a perfect opportunity to meet new people, make friends, improve your life skills and volunteer in your community. You will gain a lot from the Police Cadets, aside from experience, being able to put it on your CV will make you stand out to any employer.

How old do I have to be to join?

To be eligible to apply, you must be aged 13-16 on 1st September 2019.

Do I have to have any qualifications or skills?

You don't need any experience, skills or qualifications to be a cadet. All we ask is that you commit to attending regularly, and strive to improve yourself and your local community.

Will you look into my family and background?

All potential cadets will be vetted. The purpose of this vetting is not to routinely preclude any young person from membership but rather to allow the cadet leaders to manage any potential risk that is highlighted.

I don't live in the West Mercia Police area. Can I still join?

We are only able to offer places to young people living in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire. Each cadet unit is linked to a policing area, of which there are five in the force area. Young people wishing to join should be resident within that policing area. If you live outside of West Mercia force area please contact your local police force to see if they run a cadet scheme. You can do this by calling in at your local police station or contacting the force through its website.

Are there open days?

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 so you can see what it is like.

I'm too young to join what else can I do?

Alternative options to police cadets are the service cadet schemes - Army, Air, Sea, or other youth uniform organisations such as the Scouts, Guides, Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade, and St John Ambulance. There should be local provision in your area offering excellent activities and opportunities for young people. Additionally you may wish to contact your local council about other youth provision in your area.

I'm too old to join what else can I do?

There are other volunteering opportunities within West Mercia Police Including the Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers. See our careers section for further details.

How often do cadets meet?

Units meet once a week in the evening and are additionally involved in activities at weekends and during school holidays.

What equipment do I need?

There is no specific equipment you need in order to join the cadets. We provide a uniform to cadets at no cost - however you will have to provide black shoes/boots. We recommend bringing a pen and pad to write down notes and to take in information when at cadet meetings/events.

Can I just go along and see what it's like?

You will need to speak to the leaders to arrange to go along. Find you local Cadet units here.

Will it help me join the police force?

The Volunteer Police Cadets will provide you with an insight into policing, however, it will not specifically assist your application.

Can I still join if I have been in trouble with the police?

In most cases the answer to this is yes. However, each case will be considered on merit.

What do police cadets do?

Police cadets, help and assist in the community by getting involved in stewarding in local events such as fairs, town shows, carnivals and other local events. We also assist in high profile events in your areas.

What will I learn?

During your time as a Cadet you will be expected to follow a structured development programme. This will lead towards a 'Level 2 Award in Leadership & Team Skills' qualification.

How to apply

Unfortunately there are no current vacancies for Police Cadets within West Mercia Police.