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Norfolk Cadets Leaders

If you are over 18 and interested in becoming a Cadet Leader please follow this link Volunteer Vacancy List for information and contact [email protected]. If you are interested to contact Norfolk Cadets Administrator on 01493 333005 or [email protected]. Please read below for further information about cadets.

Norfolk Police’s volunteer cadets are an important part of the extended police family.

Their role is to help progress current policing initiatives in the local community. They assist with events including the Royal Norfolk Show, town fairs, carnivals and charity events.

They also support the important work of safer neighbourhood teams and are taught basic knowledge in a variety of policing activity.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • to promote and encourage a practical interest in policing among young people
  • to provide training which will encourage positive leadership within communities
  • to encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and a sense of community.

What will young people get out of the scheme?
Young people who join our cadet scheme will get the chance to develop skills that will assist them in their future careers, encourage good citizenship, help them to make positive choices, influence the shape of the community and the police service of the future.


 

FAQs

What does a police cadet do?
Police cadets help and assist in the community by assisting with local events such as fairs, town shows, carnivals and other local events. They help with high profile events such as the Royal Norfolk Show.

Police cadets also help the local safer neighbourhood teams through leaflet drops, crime prevention initiatives, community safety events and street surveys.

They are taught basic knowledge in a variety of policing activity. Law for example, definitions of robbery, burglary, theft, public order and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, along with arrest and custody procedures. Cadets will also get an insight into how to deal with a road traffic collision, first aid, officers safety, conflict management, the caution and stop and search powers.

Norfolk Police has a big interest in teamwork within the cadets, which is why we also practice and perfect the discipline of drill. We take pride in our uniform and cadets are taught how to be disciplined and independent on how to clean and maintain high standards.

As cadets they also have the opportunity to visit different departments in the police service, such as Air Support Unit, Dog Section, Firearms Unit, Roads Policing and Scenes of Crime unit.
 
What will I learn?
Each cadet will be provided with a development and training programme, containing achievable time related tasks. Each individual will be expected to complete the tasks as set out within a set period of time. This will include activities related to station duties, knowledge of localised community operations and selected tasks related to assisting local safer neighbourhood team staff.

Cadet leaders will monitor each cadet’s development. Achievements will be rewarded by the presentation of certificates when agreed milestones have been attained.
 
How old do I have to be to join?
The scheme recruits young people between the ages of 13 and 16 years. Young people can remain cadets within their unit until their 18th birthday.
 
Do I have to have any qualifications or skills?
You don’t need any experience, skills or qualifications to be a cadet. All we ask is that you commit to attending regularly, and strive to improve yourself and your local community.

Can I still join if I have special needs?
The scheme welcomes young people of all abilities. If a recruit has special requirements this will, wherever possible be accommodated, if necessary using the support of a carer provided by the cadet.
 
Will you look into my family and background?
All potential cadets will be vetted. The purpose of this vetting is not to routinely exclude any young person from membership, but rather to allow the cadet leaders to manage any potential risk that is highlighted.
 
I don’t live in Norfolk can I still join?
We are only able to offer places to young people living in Norfolk. If you live outside Norfolk, please contact your local police force to see if they run a cadet scheme. You can do this by calling in at your local police station or contacting the force through its website.
 
Are there open days?
We do periodically run locally arranged open days contact [email protected] for details
 
Where is my local unit and how do I contact them?
There are currently cadet units in Kings Lynn, Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Thetford, North Walsham, Aylsham, Wymondham and Dereham, please contact Norfolk Cadets Administrator on 01493 333005 or [email protected]
 
I’m too young to join what else can I do?
Alternative options to police cadets are the service cadet schemes - army, air, sea, or other youth uniform organisations such as the Scouts, Guides, Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Brigade, and St John’s Ambulance. Additionally, you may wish to contact your local authority about other youth provision in your area.
  
I’m too old to join what else can I do?
You could consider applying to become a Volunteer Cadet Leader or you could consider becoming a special constable or a police support volunteer and can find more information about these volunteering opportunities in the ‘Join Us’ section.

How often do cadets meet and where do the meetings take place?
Cadet meetings will take place on police premises. However, where a unit is not able to meet at such premises (either short term or long term) other suitable premises may be used.

The meetings will take place weekly throughout the year and be around two-hours long. There can be organised activities outside of this core meeting time both during weekends and school holiday times. However, no activity shall be organised which would encourage cadets to be absent from a place of education during normal term time.

A cadet may leave at any time. If a cadet exhibits unacceptable behaviour that breaches the code of conduct, they may be requested to leave. If the cadet is below 17 years then a parent or guardian will be contacted and involved in the process.
 
How much does it cost?
We don’t ask for any financial contribution or commitment through weekly subscriptions. There is the expectation for a financial contribution on some of the activity trips but if individuals have particular financial difficulties then a resolution can be discussed with the local leaders.
 
What equipment/uniform do I need?
There is no specific equipment you need to join the cadets. We provide a uniform to cadets at no cost. However, you will have to provide black shoes/boots. We recommend bringing a pen and pad to write down notes when at cadet meetings/events.
 
Can I just go along and see what it is like?
‘Yes if you are interested to contact Norfolk Cadets Administrator on 01493 333005 or [email protected]
 
Will it help me join the police force?
The scheme will provide you with an insight into policing; however, it will not specifically assist your application.
 
Can I still join if I have been in trouble with the police?
In most cases the answer to this is yes. However, each case will be considered on merit.

How to apply

If you are interested to contact Norfolk Cadets Administrator on 01493 333005 or [email protected]

How the scheme runs

Management of the scheme
Each volunteer police cadet unit will be managed locally, with the local policing commander having overall responsibility for the day-to day running of their individual unit. 

Cadet leaders
Cadet leaders are volunteers recruited from Norfolk Police – they can be any rank or grade, including special constables and police support volunteers.

Cadet rank structure
Each unit will be formed into sections and there will be a maximum of four named: blue, yellow, green and red.

Each section is led by section leaders, denoted by one silver bar on their epaulettes. Units may decide to appoint section leaders in other roles, for example, to take responsibility for training/mentoring new cadets. 

Each unit will also appoint a senior cadet denoted by two silver bars on their epaulettes, who will be responsible for mentoring and guiding the section leaders.
 

Training

Duration of training
During the first 12-month period, cadets will follow a training and development programme.

Each cadet will be expected to complete the tasks within a set period of time. This will include activities related to station duties, knowledge of localised community operations and selected tasks related to assisting local safer neighbourhood team staff.

Cadet leaders will monitor each cadet’s development. Achievements will be rewarded by the presentation of certificates when agreed milestones have been attained.
If a cadet leaves the scheme after serving one year or more, they will receive a certificate stating the length of time served as a member of the cadets and an assessment of their character covering their cadet service.

Training and activities include:

Making a positive contribution

  • Community engagement activities
  • Supporting safer neighbourhood teams
  • Community projects
  • First response to an incident

Economic well being

  • Law
  • Crime reduction
  • Managing money

Staying safe

  • Personal safety
  • First aid
  • Drug and alcohol education

Being healthy

  • Sport
  • Drill
  • Team games
  • Healthy living

Enjoying and achieving

  • Outward bounds activities
  • Social and recreational activities.
     

Am I eligible?

The following will help you decide whether you meet the necessary requirements to become a cadet:

  • Cadets will be recruited between the age range of 13 to 16 years but can remain a cadet until their 18th birthday
  • The scheme welcomes young people of all abilities and if a recruit has special requirements this will be accommodated wherever possible
  • Any young person will be considered, but where demand outweighs capacity, those with greater need will be considered over ability
  • Previous offending, reprimands, final warnings and minor criminal convictions will not be a reason to exclude a young person
  • Nationally, the police service has a policy prohibiting any of their officers, staff or volunteers from becoming members of, or engaged in activities with the British National Party (BNP) or similar organisations, whose aims, objectives or pronouncements may contradict the duty to promote race equality
  • Any applicant who is or has been a member of the BNP or similar organisation will be rejected.

The leaders of each unit will seek to maintain a balanced unit providing a healthy mix of male and female members across the full age range, ethnic and social groups.

Vetting
All potential cadets will be vetted. The purpose of this is not to routinely exclude any potential young person from membership, but rather to allow the cadet leaders to manage any potential risk that is highlighted. The checks will be carried out by Norfolk Police and any issues will be highlighted to the cadet liaison manager who in consultation with the local cadet leaders will decide if any potential risk is manageable.