Our cadets are split into Junior and Senior depending on age.
This is for young people aged 10 to 13 years old. Junior cadets meet once a week for one and a half hours and take part in volunteering events and activities as well as camps suitable for younger cadets during the school holidays.
This is for young people aged 13 to 18 years old, they also meet once a week for two hours and will take part in lots of volunteering activities on weekends and during school holidays. There's the opportunity to complete your Duke of Edinburgh Award and take part in camps and competitions.
There is a minimal charge for attending a weekly meeting which equates to around £2 per session. Cadets are given a uniform once they have passed their induction and will only need to supply a pair of black shoes or boots.
Junior cadets generally meet after school as an after school club for around 90 mins.
Senior cadets meet for two hours from around 6.30pm.
Cadets deployed on Notting Hill Carnival police operation
Cadets completing Traffic Accident Role-play at Annual Cadet Competition
What to expect at a weekly meeting
Learn something new about a policing topic or community issue in an interactive way, we’re not all about sitting in a classroom when it comes to learning
Take part in a sports session, these will help you keep fit and many of our sports games are designed to build team work and leadership
You will be taught the skill of drill, which involves marching and moving together as a team
All of this is taught by our cadet leaders, many of whom are serving police officers.
What else do we get up to?
Outside of weekly meetings, cadets are given the opportunity to volunteer to assist policing operations and events such as Test Purchasing, trying to buy items that they are too young to buy legally, weapons sweeps of their local community spaces, crime prevention initiatives and helping at large scale events such as London Marathon.
During school holidays there is the opportunity to take part in camps and inter-borough competitions. These range from our Annual Cadet Competition at our specialist public order training centre in Gravesend. Cadets take part in first-aid competitions and policing scenarios. We also have visits to Thriftwood and Avon Tyrell camping and outdoor centres which involve fun team games and tasks.
These all take place over several days and involve camping overnight where you will meet other cadets from all over London.