Why be a Police Cadet?

How do I apply?

You can now apply to join the Cadets in these areas:

  • Wrexham – meeting at Yale College on Tuesday evenings
  • Denbighshire Coastal & Abergele – meeting at Rhyl College on Thursday evenings
  • West Conwy Coastal – meeting at Coleg Llandrillo in Rhos-on-Sea on Tuesday evenings

Download the application form (PDF), fill it out and return it to:

North Wales Police Headquarters
Citizens in Policing Team
Glan y Don
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8AW

Or by email to CitizensInPolicing@nthwales.pnn.police.uk

Please do not worry if you cannot get a reference from a teacher/tutor due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Make sure you submit your form as early as possible ahead of the closing date, which is Friday 10 July 2020.

What is the Volunteer Police Cadet programme?

The Volunteer Police Cadets is a diverse group of young people aged 13-18, who have a joint desire to support their local communities and gain a practical understanding of policing.

Units meet at local college venues once a week and are led by police officers, police staff and volunteers. In addition, cadets develop their leadership skills by undertaking challenging social action projects in their communities, with an expectation that they will volunteer three hours a month.

These projects include activities such as supporting older members of the community in understanding cyber-crime, fundraising for charities and road safety campaigns.

We welcome cadets from any background, social group, gender, ethnicity, ability/disability and whether you have an interest in the police or not.

What are the entry requirements?

To become a Volunteer Police Cadet you must:

  • Be aged between 13 and 15½ to apply
  • Have a good school attendance record
  • Complete all questions on the application form

To be a Volunteer Police Cadet you should:

  • Have an interest in police work or your community
  • Have good communication and listening skills
  • Be able to promote equality and diversity
  • Be willing to make a positive contribution to your community
  • Promote the Police Cadet programme and North Wales Police positively

What activities will I be involved in?

As a Volunteer Police Cadet, you will engage in various duties such as: 

  • Assisting at large events such as the Urdd Eisteddfod and local events like Mold Carnival
  • Creating vehicle safety initiatives
  • Giving out crime reduction leaflets about our #BigEasy campaign in your neighbourhood
  • Taking part in operations such as Op BANG, an anti-social behaviour reduction activity
  • Assisting with the Force Open Days
  • Helping at sports events and community fun days
  • Taking part in Remembrance Sunday and civic parades
  • Raising money for charities in a variety of ways

What training will I receive?

  • How crimes are solved and how to spot the clues
  • How to look for a missing person
  • Learning about different departments within NWP (such as CID, Forensics, traffic policing and uniformed response officers)
  • Using a pocket note book (used by officers like a diary to record information at police incidents)

What are the benefits to me?

  • Making new friendships
  • Taking part in fun and exciting activities
  • Supporting your community through volunteering and social action projects
  • Challenging yourself to learn and develop new skills
  • Help with your CV when you're ready to start work
  • An insight into British policing

What hours do I have to give?

During term times, we meet on a weekday evening for a two hour training session. You may also volunteer for three extra hours each month to assist local policing and community initiatives. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Cadets at a community event
Cadets visiting the Fire and Rescue Service
Cadets visiting hospital patients
Cadets learn first aid
Cadets learning first aid
Cadets visiting an ambulance station
Cadets visiting an ambulance station
Cadets learning about crime scene investigation
Cadets learning about forensic investigation
Cadets at a community event
Cadets at a Remembrance service
Cadets working on a team-building exercise
Cadets with senior police officer at a community pop up shop
Cadets at a community pop-up shop