Bedfordshire Police Cadets is for young people aged 15 to 18.
The two-year programme starts in September with training being held
in Bedford and Luton on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and
Biggleswade on a Thursday evening. We recruit once a year in
January via our website.
Bedfordshire Police Cadets aim to promote a practical
understanding of police amongst young people, to support local
policing through volunteering and to assist in community and crime
prevention events. Being a Cadet is also a great way to inspire
young people to participate positively in their communities. Duties
the Police Cadets take part in include alcohol test purchasing,
crime prevention, car parking and marshalling and official
Bedfordshire Police Cadets are following the National Volunteer
Police Cadets framework.
It covers five key areas:
- Health & safety
Each of these sections has a number of sessions which are all
informative, interactive and inclusive. The Cadets also have the
opportunity to hear from guest speakers from different departments
in the police service and to visit various different departments.
The programme helps young people develop their skills, experience a
variety of activities, make new friends and improve their
self-esteem and confidence.
Being part of National Volunteer Police Cadets gives Cadets
the National Volunteer Police Cadets the chance to get involved in
additional training and development, national conferences and
opportunities for international volunteering.
After the two year programme there are opportunities to progress to
the Senior Cadet Programme, assist as Cadet Instructors, or
join the Special Constabulary.
Bedfordshire Volunteer Police Cadets won the High
Sheriffs' Association of England and Wales National Crimebeat Award
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