Aged 13 to 17? Join our uniformed youth organisation to actively support your community and develop leadership skills.
Who are the Volunteer Police Cadets?
The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) is a uniformed youth organisation for ages 13 to 17. It is designed to provide a safe environment in which young people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can learn as individuals; develop positive relationships with the police; and actively support their community. We aim to help you prepare for your future by providing a variety of activities and opportunities; enhancing your inter-personal skills and confidence; and encouraging you to achieve a sense of pride through supporting your local community and policing teams.
Where does the scheme run?
We have units running in Aldershot, Andover, Basingstoke, Paulsgrove, Gosport, Havant, Hythe, Redbridge, Ryde and Portswood. We are expanding in November 2016 by opening new units in Eastleigh, Hedge End, Southsea, Petersfield and Winchester. New units in 2017 will include Ringwood and St Mary’s (Southampton).
What will I do as a cadet?
You will be issued with a uniform and attend a weekly 2 hour session in the evenings usually from 6pm to 8pm (the evening varies between units). During the sessions you will learn about a wide range of policing and community related topics including first aid, radio use, and law & procedures. You will receive visits from various police units including the dog, traffic and armed response teams. And most importantly, you will develop your interpersonal skills & self-confidence through a variety of activities.
As well as the weekly sessions you will need to commit to volunteering for a minimum of 3 hours per month and will be supported to do this through various opportunities with your unit across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and nationally.
Volunteering is a big part of what being a Volunteer Police Cadet is all about. You will have the opportunity to work alongside Police Officers and Staff in a variety of events and operations to work towards your Hampshire Constabulary Police Cadet Volunteering Award. This is a new tiered award system that is being introduced to recognise and reward our cadets for the amount of volunteering they do which will look great on your CV. For 50 hours, you will receive the Bronze Award; for 100 hours, you will receive the Silver Award; for 200 hours, you will receive the Gold Award; and for 300 hours, you will receive the Platinum Award.
Our cadets have recently been involved in: working with local police teams in community operations such as crime prevention initiatives; volunteering at large events such as The New Forest Show, CarFest, MoonWalk and Victorious Festival; achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Awards; providing the police with a young person’s perspective on issues affecting them and their friends; and national opportunities including the National Police Cadet Competition and visits to other force areas.
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Who can apply?
Anyone between the ages of 13 and 17 is eligible to apply. There is no cost to you to become a Volunteer Police Cadet, as we provide all the weekly sessions and uniform free of charge (to be returned on leaving). In return we ask you to commit to attending all weekly sessions as well as committing to volunteering with local policing and community initiatives for an average of three hours a month.
The VPC is committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all young people regardless of their background. We encourage applications from young people who are at risk of social exclusion, abuse, being a victim of crime or committing crime. We particularly welcome applications from those who are currently under represented within the VPC including young people with disabilities and young people from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
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Download a PDF about joining the Cadets
Anyone over the age of 19 who feels that have something to offer the scheme can apply. You do not necessarily have to have had any dealings with young people before (although it would be a benefit) but we do ask that you are able to regularly commit to attending the weekly sessions (3hrs per week – during term time only) as well as assisting the cadets with their monthly volunteering, as detailed above.
For more information email the VPC Team.
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