The Volunteer Police Cadets programme provides an opportunity for young people aged 13-17 to get involved in activities which support community policing and learn about responsible citizenship. There are also opportunities for those aged 18 and over to join the team as Cadet Leaders too.

Cadets undergo training and take part in voluntary work with the police in their local community.

They develop key life skills and enhance opportunities for further education, training and employment – whether this is within the police service or another profession.

Groups will meet on a weekly basis and are run from non-police venues, such as schools. 

You’ll wear a Cadet uniform and will be asked to pay a small ‘sub’ of around £10 a month. This will only be used for equipment or events that directly benefit Cadets. However, personal financial circumstances will be considered. 

Some of the activities you may take part in include:

•    Stewarding local events
•    Crime prevention stands at community events
•    Community Speedwatch
•    Advising the police on youth issues and concerns

The Cadet programme is available to young people:

  • aged 13-17 who live in Kent;
  • irrespective of background or financial circumstances;
  • including those vulnerable to crime or social exclusion

Once you’re 18 you can volunteer as a Cadet Leader or apply for other roles, like Special Constable, PCSO or Police Officer. While the Cadet scheme is not a direct entrance into the police, it will give you an insight into policing, build your employability skills and help you make informed career choices.

Join the Cadets

The following unit waiting lists are now open:
  • Canterbury
  • Dartford
  • Dover
  • Folkestone
  • Gravesend
  • Swanley
  • Tonbridge.
Register your interest and we'll contact you with more information.
Please note that all other waiting lists are closed. Please do not register your interest if you would like to be added to a waiting list for a unit not listed above, as we will not be able to transfer you.
You can find out more from the national Volunteer Police Cadets.

Register your interest to become a Cadet Leader

Aged 18 or over and want to help lead young people through new challenges?

If you like the idea of inspiring and supporting young people to achieve things they never thought possible and looking for something exciting and rewarding to do in your spare time, then we'd like to hear from you.

With nearly 500 cadets (aged 13-18) in 10 units across Kent, the Kent Volunteer Police Cadet Programme is one of the county’s largest voluntary youth organisations.

We have a small team of enthusiastic and committed adult volunteers - but we are always on the lookout for more.

You do not need to have policing experience as we provide all the necessary training and we only ask that you are are willing and able to give an evening a week to the programme.

Volunteering Benefits

  • you meet different kinds of people and learn from them
  • you can boost your confidence by having the chance to try something new, achieving new things and feeling a sense of achievement
  • you can make a positive impact on others, from inspiring young people through to enhancing your local community
  • you experience challenges and push yourself to achieve more. You could undertake The Duke of Edinburgh's Award or many other accredited qualifications for example
  • volunteering experience can be seen as an asset by employers, demonstrating teamwork, motivation and positivity. Gaining leadership skills, problem solving experience and social skills will all help your CV stand out
  • you can strengthen your social network, helping you to feel part of a larger community.

If you’re interested in volunteering as a leader, please register your interest.