The cadet programme is available to young people:

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

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.

What will I 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 subscription 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:

  • crime prevention stands at community events
  • community Speedwatch
  • stewarding local events
  • advising the police on youth issues and concerns

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 us

The following unit waiting lists are now open:

  • Dover
  • Medway
  • Swanley

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 website.