Volunteer Police Cadets

Recruitment for the September 2019 scheme has closed.

Volunteer Police Cadets scheme for 13 – 17 year olds

Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Police Cadet?

  • Do you have an interest in policing and public services?
  • Would you like to volunteer in the service of your community?
  • Would you like to have the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?


You will be eligible to apply to the scheme if you meet the following criteria:

  • 13 – 17 years of age
  • Will be in year 9 or above at school/college in the new academic year this September
  • Live in the county of West Yorkshire
  • Have not completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme with another organisation

West Yorkshire Police’s Volunteer Police Cadets Scheme is linked to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. If you have already completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, you will not be eligible to apply.*

*If you are interested in completing the Silver Award, you may be able to join one of the second year units for one year. Please contact your local cadet unit to see if there are any vacancies in your area.


About the Volunteer Police Cadets scheme

The Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) scheme is a nationally recognised uniformed youth group.

The scheme is a youth inclusion and engagement initiative, which encourages young people to develop new skills and improve their self-esteem and self-confidence in the service of the communities of West Yorkshire. Young people from all backgrounds are encouraged to join the VPC, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion.

The scheme is not intended as a recruitment path for entry into the regular Police Force or the Special Constabulary.


West Yorkshire Police’s Volunteer Police Cadets Scheme

West Yorkshire Police’s Volunteer Police Cadets scheme follows a structured two-year programme, which is linked to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (D of E).

In September 2019, the Force will have 16 cadet units across its geographical area. Each unit has its own team of staff and volunteer cadet leaders, who assist with the day-to-day running of the unit.

What does it involve?

As a Volunteer Police Cadet, you will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about policing
  • make a difference to your local community through volunteering
  • participate in a D of E expedition
  • participate in a wide range of activities
  • complete first aid training

Cadet units meet once a week for two hours during school term time. This is normally after school in the late afternoon/early evening.

Volunteering events and expeditions usually take place on a weekend.

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