Cleveland Police Cadets provides personal and social development for young people.
The cadet force is aimed at young people aged 13 to 17. The force provides fun, friendship and adventure for young people while helping them develop a sense of social responsibility.
Established in 2009, the cadets promote safer communities as well as giving young people a chance to volunteer.
Units of the Police and Crime Commissioner-funded force meet in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton.
Weekly activities include elements of community safety, physical fitness, outdoor adventure and social responsibility.
Cleveland Police Cadets have won two national awards for their work with people living with dementia.
In 2016, cadets won the Lord Ferrers Award, which recognises the outstanding contribution made by special constables, police support volunteers and police cadets.
This honour followed recognition earlier in the same year when the cadets won 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 do the following:
- 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?
Applicants must be the following:
- Aged 13 to 17;
- Prepared to leave the cadets by their 18th birthday;
- Live in Cleveland;
- Enthusiastic and committed;
- 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 becoming involved in crime.
Each application to the cadets is assessed on its own merits. Cadet leaders can consider applications from low level offenders such as young people convicted of a one-off shoplifting offence or criminal damage. A history of sexual offences or serious violence will mean an application must be withdrawn.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. After passing their probationary period, cadets will get a uniform.
For more details and an application form go the Cleveland Police website.
What happens after you leave the Police Cadets?
The cadets is open to everyone and is not just aimed at young people, who want a career in the police.
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.