Recruitment for our Volunteer Police Cadet programme 2020-21 has now closed. We'll be in touch with everyone who submitted an application over the next couple of months. 

Our Volunteer Police Cadet programme invites young people aged 13 to 17 years to gain an unrivalled insight into policing and learn new skills and knowledge, all while helping their local community. It'll begin in September 2020 and will run for the academic year, with weekly unit meetings and exciting opportunities to volunteer in the evenings and weekends.

If you have any questions, please contact our team by emailing

During your time with us you will be given a unique insight into policing, and you’ll get the opportunity to visit different policing units and see behind the scenes.

You’ll be mixing with a range of officers from different areas and backgrounds, and you’ll get to learn basic knowledge across a range of policing activities, including issues around drugs, alcohol and antisocial behaviour.

Volunteer Police Cadets help in the community and get involved with anything from local events to festivals and sporting matches. They also help the local policing teams by doing leaflet drops, crime prevention initiatives, community safety events and street surveys.

Thanks to the cadets, Leicestershire Police is able to better tackle issues that matter to local people. Cadets give up their time and energy for the benefit of the community and the people who are a part of it.

We currently have 12 VPC Units in 8 locations across Leicester and Leicestershire:

  • Central Leicestershire
  • Hinckley
  • Coalville
  • Charnwood
  • East Leicester
  • Melton Mowbray
  • Market Harborough
  • South Leicester

You'll be asked to list your preferred location, and we'll try to place you in a unit close to your school or home. Although we can't always guarantee that cadets will be offered their preferred choice.

The aims of the VPC programme are to:

  • Promote a practical understanding of policing among all young people
  • Encourage a spirit of adventure and good citizenship
  • Support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard
  • Inspire young people to participate positively in their communities

To find out more about the VPC National Programme, please visit the VPC website.

Please follow our twitter account for updates, or email with any questions you may have.

We are firmly committed to the principles of equal opportunities and encourage applications from all sections of our communities.