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About the GMP Cadets

In 2012, a new Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme for young people in the region was established.

The scheme is aimed at 13- 17 year-olds and provides a programme of weekly Cadet nights filled with activity, information and – hopefully – some fun.

What are the main duties & responsibilities of a GMP Cadet?

The aims of the scheme include:

  • Promoting and encouraging a practical interest in policing among young people,
  • Providing training which will encourage positive leadership within communities which will include volunteering opportunities,
  • Encouraging a spirit of adventure and developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship. Cadets will be given the opportunity to obtain a Duke of Edinburgh Award, First Aid qualification etc.

Cadets units will be based in areas where there is currently little to occupy local youngsters.

Cadets complete a "probationary" period and have so far experienced drill, physical exercise classes and advice on subjects such as the effective and safe use of social media.

Further items on the curriculum are lessons on the law, public order awareness, phonetics and radio use, problem solving … and more drill!

A uniform is worn but only issued on completion of a successful probationary period.

The scheme's team leaders are also volunteers and include schools based officers, PCSOs, special constables and university students, all contributing their own time to run each cadet night.

Can you help the cadets?

To build number of successful schemes across the region we are looking for help. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer team leader and can demonstrate a commitment and desire to "change hearts and minds" can email volunteerpolicecadets@gmp.police.uk

Meet the cadets

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