You do not need to have a policing background to become a cadet leader. We encourage applications from those from non-policing backgrounds.
To qualify you must be able to answer 'yes' to the following statements:
I hold a UK passport or am a British Citizen, member of the EC or other states in the European Economic Area. If you are a Commonwealth Citizen or a foreign national, you must be resident in the UK free from restrictions and with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
I have lived in the UK continuously for the last three years. This does not apply to those serving abroad with the British Armed Forces
I am 18 years old or older at the point of application. There is no upper age limit
No formal qualifications are needed, but you will need to meet all of the eligibility criteria.
You do not need to have a policing background to become a cadet leader. We welcome applications from those with non-policing backgrounds, but are looking for someone with the following qualities:
a respect for race and diversity
commitment to confidentiality
good listening and communication skills
experience of supporting young people
confidence, commitment, flexibility and enthusiasm
ability to motivate others
able to lead a team and maintain discipline
good leadership skills
Previous experience of/qualifications in youth engagement work, outdoor skills, sports coaching or first aid would be an advantage although not essential as you will receive training to support you to develop your own knowledge and skillset.
There is no set amount of hours that you need to volunteer, but we do ask that you are able to support the programme for a minimum of one year and give up one evening a week to help deliver the program.
There may be a requirement to support the cadets at community engagement events over the occasional weekend.
Full training will be provided. Training will include how Kent Police operates and training on our specialist databases and IT systems.
The training will also help you to develop your own knowledge and skill-set including a better understanding of British policing.
Kent Police is proud to serve the people who live, work and visit Kent. We aim to provide a high standard of service which everyone can use and is fair to all. We also provide a service which encourages positive attitudes and removes discrimination. Read more on Equality, diversity and inclusion at Kent Police.