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Emergency Services Cadets

Volunteer Police Cadets have now expanded and from September will be a scheme of young people aged 13 - 18 years old. We have been running from June 2011 when we started in Northampton. We have now expanded across the county. Cadets are fast becoming an important part of the policing family, offering a key link to our younger members of the community.

We now have schemes based in:

  • Wellingborough
  • Kettering
  • Daventry
  • Towcester
  • Northampton

Recruitment lines for the Emergency Services Cadets have now closed for September 2016's intake.

We do not know if we will be recruiting for September 2017 yet, however if you wish to go on to our expression of interest list please email michelle.barrett@northants.pnn.police.uk with your Full Name, Address, Scheme Location, Date of Birth, and Contact Number.

Daventry and Towcester meet every Monday, Wellingborough and Kettering meet every Tuesday and Northampton meets on a Thursday. Police Cadets meet one night a week to learn about the police service and develop practical skills.

As a cadet you will also volunteer with local Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers and become part of their local community team, helping out at events and offering crime prevention advice.

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

The aims of the National Voluntary Police Cadet Scheme are to:

  • Promote a practical understanding of policing amongst 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

The Principles of the National Voluntary Police Cadet Scheme:

Each Cadet Unit should:

  • Engage with young people between 13 and 18 years old
  • Have 25% of their membership from a “Vulnerable” background
  • Support their Cadets to volunteer 3 hours a month assisting in community and crime prevention events
  • Have a body of Cadets that represents the diversity of their service area.
  • Our cadet scheme is open to all young people aged 13 -18. Our cadet schemes will represent the community in which they volunteer. Regardless of career ambitions, academic progress or capability all we ask is that our cadets are committed to be being a cadet.

    Cadets will follow the National Voluntary Police Cadet Programme which is a curriculum framework. This covers different areas of police work that are relevant to the role of a cadet. We also cover different areas of policing and law from across the organisation. Sessions will include fitness, role play, leadership skills, confidence skills and self-development.

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

    If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Barrett by emailing michelle.barrett@northants.pnn.police.uk or by calling 07557 776375.


    "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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