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Volunteer Police Cadets

Our Volunteer Police Cadet scheme is open to young people aged 13 to 18.

Volunteer Police Cadets attestation 10 December 2015 


As well as having fun, being a cadet is a great way to…

  •  Meet new people
  • Take part in loads of activities
  • Gain new skills and experience
  • Get involved in your local community and make a difference
  • Learn about policing

But don’t take our word for it, hear from some of our York cadets about what they love about it

What’s involved?

Cadets meet for two hours on a weekday evening during term time. Cadet nights include:

  • Learning about policing duties and skills, and basic law
  • Physical activities
  • Drill

Additional events will also be arranged, some in conjunction with our surrounding forces.

After completion of your 12-week induction training you will attend a passing out parade where you will take the cadet oath. Your family and friends will be invited as guests.

You will also get to meet different departments within the police service such as local policing teams, the Dog Section, Firearms Unit, Roads Policing and Crime Scene Investigation units.

What types of activity will I get involved in after my initial training?

In addition to the weekly training night, cadets are expected to volunteer at least three hours per month contributing towards local community policing objectives such as:

  • Assisting with local community events such as fairs, town shows, carnivals and other local events.
  • Assisting the local Neighbourhood PolicingTeams through leaflet drops, crime prevention initiatives, community safety events and street surveys.
  • Helping as role play volunteers in the training of student police officers and Special Constables.

When will you be recruiting next?

For more information about when we’re recruiting next follow our Cadets on Twitter at @NYPCadets and keep an eye on this page. We’ll also share details on our North Yorkshire Police Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.