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West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police Cadets is an alliance wide volunteer scheme. In West Mercia the scheme operates in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire. The aim of the cadets is to support West Mercia's strategy of engagement with young people.

The scheme is aimed at 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.

The Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Cadet Scheme is now accepting applications young people between the ages of 13 and 18.

From September 2018 the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Cadets began to follow the National Volunteer Police Cadet model to include young people between the ages of 13 and 18, that years 9 to year 12.

To be eligible to be a cadet, you must:

  • live in Worcestershire, Herefordshire or Shropshire
  • aged 13 to 16 years old on September 1st 2019

Detective Inspector Justin Taylor said "As a cadet, you will undertake a variety of activities, including self-defence training, marching, fitness, team working, role playing and taking part in team building weekends and Outdoor events. Cadets will also gain an insight into police life, through talks by guest speakers from different departments and agencies and by taking part in local community policing events. Cadets are a family where discipline, friendship and team work are all important. By being a police cadet, you have the satisfaction of knowing that as a young person you are making a difference to your community and developing yourself for any future career."

Meetings will take place every Thursday at the following locations:

  • Herefordshire - Hinton Community Centre
  • North Worcestershire - Redditch Police Station
  • Shropshire - Shrewsbury Police Station
  • South Worcestershire - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
  • Telford & Wrekin - Malinsgate Police Station, Telford