Would you like to join the fastest growing uniformed youth group in the UK?

Would you like to gain skills and qualifications, increase your confidence and make a positive change to your community?

The Volunteer Police Cadet programme offers all of this and more. During your time with us you'll follow an action-packed curriculum and will be given the opportunity to complete a level 3 qualification in policing and the Duke of Edinburgh Award

You'll also be invited on overnight trips, teambuilding activities and national police events.

You'll be able to support our police officers at community events and police operations, and also visit different policing units (including the dog section and firearms)!

This video was made with the help of our cadets to tell you all about the Volunteer Police Cadet programme and show you why they love being a part of it. 

If you live in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland and will be aged between 13 to 17 years old by 31 August 2021, you can apply to be a Leicestershire Police cadet.

All of our cadets have the potential to become future police officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) or police staff. The cadet programme is our way of enhancing your skills, knowledge and confidence to help you excel at whatever you choose to do in the future.

We welcome cadets from any background, social group, gender, ethnicity, ability / disability and whether you have an interest in the police or not.

We welcome young people who may have previously been in trouble with the police or may feel some disconnection with their peers and community. 

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 VPC Units in 9 locations across Leicester and Leicestershire:

  • Central Leicester
  • East Leicester (Hamilton)
  • East Leicester (St Matthews)
  • Hinckley
  • Coalville
  • Charnwood
  • Melton 
  • 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 Volunteer Police Cadet 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 Volunteer Police Cadet National Programme, please visit the Volunteer Police Cadet website.

Please email [email protected] 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.

Nationality and residency

All applicants must be a UK Citizen, European Union Citizen with EU Settled Status, a Commonwealth Citizen or Foreign National with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have lived here for the three years immediately prior to submitting your application.