Lindsay Donnelly (Police, Administrator, Nottinghamshire) writes:
Who can be a Police Cadet?
We are looking for 16-year-olds living in Nottinghamshire to serve as Nottinghamshire Police Cadets. We are particularly interested in encouraging applications from under-represented and minority sections of the community including; black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, and those from the LGBT community. We are also interested in those young people who live in areas of disadvantage and those who may be on the cusp of criminality.
Why do we have a Cadet scheme?
The purpose of the programme is to increase engagement between the force and those aged between 16 and 18 and provide a route into volunteering. A two-year training and development programme will begin in September 2013 and give participants the opportunity to pick up new skills, take part in exciting activities, and gain valuable volunteering experience.
What does a Cadet do?
• Cadets will take part in team building exercises, sports activities, and have the opportunity to learn about specialist police units.
• Cadets will be expected to volunteer four hours a month to help the police in attending public events and delivering crime prevention initiatives.
• Cadets must commit to meeting once a week where they will learn about a range of topics including; police history, first aid, conflict management skills, and campaigns.
Where will Cadets be based?
Cadets will be based in three areas, Nottingham, Newark/Worksop and Mansfield. The scheme will be delivered from bases within those local communities. There will be 90 Cadets – 60 in Nottingham, 15 in the Newark/Worksop area and 15 in Mansfield.
What will a Cadet wear?
There will be one uniform and Cadets will be expected to wear it when on duty, except when undertaking various outward bound/sports activities.
How to apply
Application forms will be available in May. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk for updates. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. All candidates successful at interview will have to pass the vetting process in order to be offered a place on the scheme.