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. 

As a Cadet, you'll undergo training and take part in voluntary work with the police in your local community. You'll develop key life skills and enhance your opportunities for further education, training and employment – whether this is within the police service or another profession.

What will I have to do?

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

Who can join?

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.

Register your interest

Recruitment for Cadets is currently open for;

  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Dover
  • Gravesend
  • Medway
  • Sittingbourne
  • Swanley
  • Thanet.

Due to the number of cadets already on the waiting lists for Maidstone and Tonbridge Wellswe will not be re-opening them at this time.

Please note, for Cadets under 13 we can only accept applications 6 months before their 13th birthday.

You can find out more information from the national Volunteer Police Cadets.

Please complete a form to register your interest and you'll be placed on a waiting list.