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.
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.
Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills
West Mercia Police Cadets will work towards a 'Level 2 Award in Leadership & Team Skills' qualification.
We are working in partnership with ILM (Institute Leadership & Management), which means the qualification is externally recognised and you'll receive a certificate upon completion. The qualification is comparable with a GCSE at A* - C.
Throughout the Cadet programme everyone will work together as a team, also known as a squad, you'll also get the opportunity to lead your squad in different activities.
The qualification is designed to provide you with:
The skills required to be a team player
Valuable problem solving techniques
Time management and personal development skills
Tools to develop yourself as a leader
The opportunity to put the above skills into practice
To achieve the qualification you will complete 5 units:
Understanding Effective Team Working
Diversity in the Workplace
Using Information to Solve problems
Developing Yourself as a Team Leader
You will be assessed throughout the 2 year programme carrying out a variety of tasks, mostly by your Principal Cadet Leader. Your assessments will be done through observation, question & answers and reflective learning. Support and guidance will be provided by other Cadet Leaders and PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) within your group.
For Cadets completing the 1 year programme, you will be assessed and have the opportunity to work towards and complete the qualification within the 12 month period.
Your Cadet Leader will complete a qualification induction with you.
Browse our frequently asked questions for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.