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Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets

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In late 2016, our volunteer Police Cadets became part of the Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets.

This joint partnership between the county’s police, fire cadets and ambulance cadets is open to teenagers aged 13 to 18 and is an independent registered charity.

Units meet across Northamptonshire, offering young people the chance to take an active role in supporting the work of police, fire and ambulance staff and making a positive contribution to their communities.

What do Emergency Services Cadets do?

Following a five-year curriculum, cadets learn skills including first aid, basic law and officer safety training and basic firefighting techniques.

Within the policing element of the scheme, cadets volunteer with local police officers and police community support officers. Becoming part of their local community team, they help out at events and offer crime prevention advice.

Cadets also take part in disaster training operations, attend community events and sports fixtures, march in Remembrance Day parades, help with test purchase operations and more.

Emergency Services Cadet values

  • Cadets will act with honesty and integrity and work co-operatively as a team, treating others with fairness, respect, compassion and dignity. They will always challenge prejudice and discrimination
  • Cadets will be courteous at all times, building trust and confidence and making every effort to understand and meet the needs of others
  • Cadets will strive for excellence, taking responsibility for their own personal development, consulting with others, being open minded and learning from others

Cadet commitments

Cadets are asked to commit their time once a week from 6pm to 9pm during term time, and to volunteer an additional three hours per month.

Regardless of career ambitions, academic progress or capability all that’s asked is that our cadets are committed to be being a cadet.

Cadets must be a minimum of 13 years of age when they start the scheme but can apply at the age of 12.

NESC unit locations

  • Northampton (meets on Thursdays)
  • Kettering (Monday)
  • Wellingborough (Thursday)
  • Daventry (Monday)
  • Towcester (Monday)
  • Kingswood Academy (Corby) (Wednesday)

How to get involved

Applications for NESC open each spring, with successful applicants joining their units the following September. Applicants can be 12 when they apply, but must be aged between 13 and 18 as of September 1 in the year they join the scheme.

The next recruitment window will be announced on this page and via the Northamptonshire Police news page and social media channels. Find out more about NESC here.

Important points to know about NESC before you apply

  1. All cadets undertake at least one year of tri-service (police, fire, and ambulance service) input before being allowed to specialise in an emergency service of choice. Specialisms can be chosen the September after you turn 16.
  2. Each unit charges weekly or monthly subs. Details of this will be sent to you in your welcome letter if your application is successful. NESC offers financial aid for families which need additional support.
  3. Cadets sessions run once a week in school term time, between 6pm and 9pm. You will be expected to attend every session.
  4. An important part of cadets is volunteering in the community and assisting the emergency services in their core business. You will be expected to volunteer, outside of weekly sessions, at least 3 hours per month.

What cadets say about the scheme

"The Police Cadets has offered me a chance to meet more people of my own age. It has also offered me the chance to gain both knowledge and qualifications relating to the police service."

"The benefits are discipline, respect and communication. We learn in a fun and factual environment and get into the work we do."

"The great experiences that you get from taking part in Operation Guardian and other events. Meeting new people and communicating with members of the public."

"I feel my confidence has grown and I have made new friends."

"I like having fitness tests as they allow me to keep up to date with my fitness. My favourite part is participating in community events."

"I get to meet new people, gain new experiences, gain new skills and also it teaches me responsibility by looking after my uniform."



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