Nov 01 2011

All About Police Cadets in the Metropolitan Police

If you’re between 14 and 18, and you’re up for a challenge, find out how the VPC can offer you a world of adventure and new opportunities. Volunteer Police Cadets offers an inspiring and challenging environment in which you can make new friends, work as part of a team, get involved in exciting activities, gain valuable knowledge and skills and ultimately enjoy yourself!

What activities do Cadets undertake?

The Cadet Unit meets regularly and takes part in many activities, including visits to Police Units / establishments, listening to speakers on a range of specialist subjects, annual sporting competitions with other VPC Units and youth groups, outward-bound activities (including Duke of Edinburgh), and camps. Cadets can also take part in non-confrontational policing, community events and local crime reduction initiatives.

What’s in it for you?

As well as weekend camping trips, visits and completing outward bound courses, Cadets also have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. The scheme can be completed within the Cadets and will provide you with certificates and awards which you can include on your CV and job applications.

  • We keep a stock of outdoor equipment, so it’s not necessary to go out and purchase your own – unless you really want to.
  • As Volunteer Police Cadets you can make a real difference to local people, by helping to reduce crime and promoting crime prevention advice.
  • Being part of the Volunteer Police Cadets we do have rules and regulations to be adhered to, but the main ethos of the unit is to ensure Cadets enjoy themselves whilst hopefully learning something as well.
  • There is a uniform, although we require a degree of commitment from new cadets before ordering this. Black shoes or boots are not provided by us.

Whilst we are Volunteer Police Cadets it is not necessary to have an interest in joining the Police to join the Cadets. Some Cadets come along purely for the social side.

Source: Metropolitan Police

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