Volunteer Police Cadets

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Volunteer Police Cadets scheme for 13 – 17 year olds

Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Police Cadet?

  • Do you have an interest in policing and public services?
  • Would you like to volunteer in the service of your community?
  • Would you like to have the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?


You will be eligible to apply to the scheme if you meet the following criteria:

  • 13 – 17 years of age
  • Will be in year 9 or above at school/college in the new academic year this September
  • Live in the county of West Yorkshire
  • Have not completed / are not currently enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme with another organisation

How to Apply

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About the Volunteer Police Cadets scheme

The Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) scheme is a nationally recognised uniformed youth group.

The scheme is a youth inclusion and engagement initiative, which encourages young people to develop new skills and improve their self-esteem and self-confidence in the service of the communities of West Yorkshire. Young people from all backgrounds are encouraged to join the VPC, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion.

The scheme is not intended as a recruitment path for entry into the regular Police Force or the Special Constabulary.

In West Yorkshire, the cadets follow a 2 year programme. The programme runs for 34 weeks each year in line with the academic year.

The scheme is intrinsically linked to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (D of E) programme.

Read more about the Volunteers Police Cadets at https://vpc.police.uk/


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