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 in term time lasting two hours in the evenings. You’ll learn about a wide range of policing and community-related topics and get to meet some of our specialise policing teams
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. Every year our cadets have the opportunity to take part in some large-scale public events as well as more local volunteering close to the unit that you join.
As a cadet you will get the chance to work alongside police officers and staff at a variety of events and policing operations, leading to you achieving our Police Cadet Volunteering Award. In addition we host the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme in house and provide opportunities currently to achieve both the bronze and silver award along with the ability to use your cadet volunteering hours to count towards your DofE award if you do this with your school or another provider.
Our units are based in the following locations. We continue to look at setting up more units in the future.
Portsmouth North Unit (based in Hilsea)
Portsmouth South Unit (based in Southsea)
Southampton Unit (based in Milbrook)
Havant and Petersfield Unit (based in Havant)
Isle of Wight Unit (based in Newport)
New Forest (based in Dibden)
All units operate 18:00-20:00 except the IOW which is 18:30-20:00
We are looking for Volunteers to help support our cadet units, attending various events throughout the year and helping with the smooth running of the weekly sessions.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone to use their personal qualities and skills within their community and learn, alongside our Police Cadets, how Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary operate. It is a great chance to help give back to your local community by helping shape the understanding of today’s youth, supporting the delivery of awareness sessions to help cadets learn legislation and policies, attending events to promote positive community engagement and inspiring young people to become good citizens and build their confidence as they become young adults.
What does the role involve?
Cadet leaders assist with the running of the cadet units. Their main tasks and responsibilities include:
providing support and guidance to the cadets
delivering or assisting with training and inputs
training and assisting with drill
training outdoor skills for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award camping expeditions
We are looking for cadet leaders to assist in all cadet units. The units run weekly 2 hours sessions during term time only. With occasional events at weekends and in the school holidays.
We are looking for cadet leaders who can be;
positive role models for the cadets and inspire them to fulfil their potential
demonstrate good interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
Previous experience of/qualifications in youth engagement work, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, 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. Leaders are not required to be from a policing background.
In return, you will gain valuable skills and qualities of which can be applied in a variety of situations, you will feel part of a team, you will build a ‘feel good’ factor as a volunteer for the police and there may also be the opportunity for you to gain knowledge whilst supporting the leadership of the VPC group.
Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
If you can spare a few of hours a week and are interested in becoming involved as a volunteer adult leader, please apply using the link below.
A brief summary of the selection process is as follows:
At Hampshire Constabulary we are committed to being diverse and inclusive and we value difference. We strive to be reflective of the diverse communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds. To ensure every potential candidate has an equal opportunity of fairness, we offer support and guidance from the start. The Equality Act 2010 allows us to promote equality within Hampshire Constabulary by adopting Positive Action. Whether you are just thinking about a role within Hampshire Constabulary or have already applied, the Positive Action Team are here to assist you.