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Becoming a Police Cadet

Becoming a Police Cadet

Aged 13 to 18? Then this is your chance to support the community and gain an exciting insight into Dorset Policing.

Becoming a Dorset Volunteer Police Cadet doesn’t automatically provide a route into becoming a police officer but provides a safe environment where young people can develop positive relationships with the police, actively support the community and challenge yourself to learn and develop lifelong skills. Importantly, it enables Dorset Police to understand issues from a young person’s perspective.

As a Volunteer Police Cadet you’ll be issued with a uniform and attend weekly sessions lasting two and a half hours in the evenings.  You’ll learn about a wide range of policing and community-related topics, such as:

  • Local Policing Priorities by working closely with Neighbourhood Policing teams
  • Our specialist units such as dog handlers and armed response teams
  • Team building and interpersonal skills
  • Drill
  • Visit and learn about other emergency services that work in partnership with the police
  • Police procedures such as taking statements and using pocket note books

As well as these weekly sessions, you’ll also assist police officers, Police Community Support Officers and other police staff at a variety of community events, promoting crime prevention initiatives and be ambassadors for Dorset Police at official events such as Remembrance Sunday.

You will progress through a Record of Achievement, developing from the induction (recruit) phase through different levels up to Senior Cadet and Cadet Leader once you have reached 18. As you become more senior within the unit, you will be supported to take on additional responsibilities such as mentoring new recruits, running drill and team-building sessions and developing ideas for Cadet deployments within the community. 

We aim to build our Police Cadet groups to reflect the rich diversity and complexity of our communities by attracting the best talent from the widest pool of people.