Cleveland Police Cadets provides personal and social development for young people.
The uniformed programme, aimed at young people aged 13 to 17, provides fun, friendship and adventure while developing a sense of social responsibility. It was established in 2009.
The Police and Crime Commissioner-funded programme promotes safer communities and gives young people the chance to volunteer.
Cadet forces run in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton.
Weekly activities involve elements of community safety, physical fitness, outdoor adventure and social responsibility.
Cleveland Police Cadets have won 2 national awards for their work with people living with dementia in the community.
In 2016, cadets were given the Lord Ferrers Award. The award recognises the outstanding contribution made by special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets.
It followed recognition earlier in the same year for the Best Social Action at the National Volunteer Police Cadet Awards.
What do Police Cadets do?
- Meet every week;
- Debate issues, which are important to them;
- Take part in community projects.;
- Play team sports;
- Check fitness levels;
- Learn about crime and how the police work;
- Volunteer for community projects.;
- Go on walks and expeditions, learn outdoor survival skills and go to cadet camp.
What do Young people get from the scheme?
Cleveland Police Cadets offers young people the opportunity to:
- Gain nationally recognised qualifications;
- Develop skills;
- Meet new people and be part of a team;
- Make a difference in the community and improve the area, in which they live.
Who can Join?
- Be aged between 13 and 17;
- Be prepared to leave the cadets by their 18th birthday;
- Live in Cleveland;
- Be enthusiastic and committed;
- Be prepared to attend cadets one evening per week.
The programme welcomes applications from all communities and backgrounds including young people, who are at risk of social exclusion or involvement in crime.
Each application is assessed on its own merits and low level offenders, for example, young people convicted of a one-off shoplifting offence or criminal damage, will be considered, Any history of sexual offences or serious violence will mean an application is withdrawn.
How do you join?
Recruitment open evenings take place throughout the year, which give young people the chance to see what cadets do. To apply, all candidates must submit a completed application form.
After joining, there is a 6-week probation period. The District Co-ordinator will assess candidates based on their attendance, behaviour and participation. When cadets have passed their probationary period, they will get a uniform.
For more details and an application form go the Cleveland Police website.
What happens when you leave Police Cadets?
Cleveland Police Cadets is open to anyone, even if you are not interested in joining the police service.
On reaching 18, each Cadet gets support to decide their next steps. These may include continuing as a volunteer instructor or moving on to a range of careers and educational opportunities.