Aged 13 to 17? Then this is your chance to support the community and develop leadership skills.

The Volunteer Police Cadets scheme provides a safe environment where young people can learn as individuals, develop positive relationships with the police and actively support the community.

As a Volunteer Police Cadet you’ll be issued with a uniform and attend weekly sessions lasting two hours in the evenings.  You’ll learn about a wide range of policing and community-related topics, such as:

  • first aid
  • using handheld radios
  • law and force procedure
  • our specialist units – such as our dog, traffic and armed response teams – through visits

As well as these weekly sessions, you’ll need to commit to volunteering for a minimum of three hours per month.  We’ll help you find opportunities to do so.

You’ll also be working alongside police officers and staff at a variety of events and policing operations, leading to you achieving our Police Cadet Volunteering Award.  Some of our cadets have been involved in crime prevention initiatives, large events such as CarFest and Victorious Festival, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and helping the police understand issues from a young person’s perspective.


We currently have units running in the following locations.  We continue to look at setting up more units in the future.

  • Aldershot
  • Andover
  • Basingstoke
  • Paulsgrove
  • Gosport
  • Havant
  • Hedge End
  • Hythe
  • Redbridge
  • Ryde
  • Southsea
  • Petersfield
  • Portswood
  • Winchester


To join us as a police cadet please download and fill out our application form and then email to register your interest.

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Cadet leaders

The scheme is run by teams of fantastic volunteers from the force and the local community. We're always looking for new adult volunteers to help as leaders within the scheme. Leaders do not have to have previous police experience, only an interest in helping young people achieve their best and reach their full potential.

If you can spare a couple of hours a week and are interested in becoming involved as a volunteer adult leader, you can find out more information by contacting us.

Contact us

For more information please email

You can also follow our cadets on Twitter using @HantsPolCadets