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Volunteer Police Cadets

The Volunteer Police Cadet Programme (VPC) is a youth engagement and diversion programme supported by the Metropolitan Police Service and is open to young people aged 13 to 18 years. We currently have around 2500 cadets from across London’s diverse communities, including those vulnerable to crime or social exclusion. At present about 36% of cadets have been identified as being vulnerable in some way almost 50% are from BME backgrounds and there is an almost equal gender split making us truly representative of London.

How to get involved

Joining the VPC as Cadet Leader

The VPC is in the middle of an exciting expansion programme and w e hope to increase the number of opportunities we offer young people across London significantly in the future, and we need adult volunteers to help make that happen so if you’re between the 18 -65, and you’re up for the challenge we need you.

Cadets learn about policing skills, law and legislation, citizenship and have the chance to complete a Level 2 BTEC in Public Services. They also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and support policing operations which have included the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee, offering great personal development opportunities for the adult Leaders supporting them also.

Training and Development

In addition to this Cadets focus on crime hotspots in their borough under Leader supervision, creating and implementing innovative project plans to tackle issues within the community. There are many opportunities for our Leaders to enjoy - the most important of which is to help young people learn and develop their skills and confidence, and play a part in growing the future leaders of London.

You could help teach sessions on anything from vehicle crime to domestic violence, assist young people to engage with the community through a leaflet drop or vulnerable premises audits in a crime hotspot, support cadets in a test purchasing operation, supervise a visit to a specialist unit, work with cadets at a major London event or support cadets in a Duke of Edinburgh expedition. No two days are the same.

As a VPC leader, you will complete a one day induction training course and can take part in further specialised training as you develop. We also offer outdoors qualifications to allow cadets and their leaders to take part in expeditions, camps and other outdoors activities.

Making a Difference

We don’t require any specific skills or qualifications as long as you are enthusiastic and passionate about working with young people. Some volunteers have existing skills to share with cadets and other leaders, whilst others undergo training which, whilst developing themselves personally, will directly have a benefit to the cadets. Volunteering with VPC may seem like a challenge. However the benefits are enormous and really can change lives. There is plenty of scope for personal development, which in turn allows the cadets to fulfill their potential and develop as leaders of the future.

Met Police Volunteers (MPV)

All adult volunteers must be registered with the MPV. Met Volunteers benefit the MPS in a multitude of ways. They bring a wide range of skills and experience and add value to the work of trained staff, helping to enhance service delivery and improve customer service. Furthermore, they act as advocates for the police, increasing understanding and building relationships in the communities they live and work in. So not only does the scheme give volunteers the chance to make a valuable contribution to the safety and security of the local community, it also allows officers and staff to spend more time doing what they are trained to do. Volunteering with the VPC is one of the most exciting and rewarding things you can do as a Volunteer in the MPS.

Ready to apply?

Our Cadet leaders teach young people life skills, how to support policing initiatives and how to put something back into the community. Seeing the change and knowing you made a difference is a great feeling. If you have some spare time, we can’t think of a better way to spend it. We can't give more opportunities to more young people without your help.

For more information please download a copy of our Applicant Information Pack. To apply to be a Met Police Volunteer please download an Application Form and a set of Guidance Notes

What will happen next?

When you call our application recruitment line you will be required to pass our eligibility criteria. If you meet the criteria you will then be sent an application form.

Once we receive your application to volunteer with the VPC as a cadet leader it will be sent to your MPV manager on the borough where you want to volunteer.

Successful applicants will be asked to attend an interview.

Following a successful interview volunteers will be given an induction by the MPV manager before starting their official volunteering role.

All adult volunteers working with the VPC programme must have Youth Supervision Vetting clearance in addition to Initial MPS vetting.

If you want to learn more about the VPC programme visit

Joining the VPC as a Cadet

If you're between 13 and 18, and you're up for a challenge, find out how the VPC can offer you a world of adventure and new opportunities. It's an exciting way to meet wonderful people, pick up valuable skills all while having a great time.

More importantly it's a chance to show what you're made of and earn the respect of those around you. No one's going to judge you. If you're on our team, we're only interested in where you're at now and where you're heading.

Cadet Units meet once a week during a chosen evening in their local boroughs. Meetings usually include drill/inspection, some sort of physical activity, a guest speaker or input on a police related topic as part of an ongoing training programme. Cadet Units are involved in other activities at weekends and in school holidays such as supporting their local safer-neighbourhood teams in crime-prevention activities, leaflet drops, stewarding local parades, and conducting mystery shopping exercises. Cadets also get involved in MPS wide events such as Trooping the Colour, Remembrance Day Parades, London Marathon and various Conferences and Charity Events. Various Cadet Competitions and camps are also held during the year, which test the skills developed within the VPC Units

In addition to developing various transferable skills, our cadets can achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award up to Gold, Sports Leaders qualifications and a BTEC in Public Services, which is the equivalent of 4 GCSE’s. We offer Senior Cadet Leadership Courses and we are in the process of developing a Trainee Leaders Course for those cadets who want to remain with the VPC after finishing their time as a cadet.

We encourage the spirit of adventure and will help you develop lasting transferable skills in leadership and good citizenship. Most units have a summer camp as well as expeditions during the year and we also work with other uniformed organisations.

Being a cadet is all about teamwork and developing a sense of healthy competition so you become the best you can be. There are a number of competitions a year when you will have the chance to work as part of a team and demonstrate your skills in everything from problem-solving to various physical activities. There is something for everyone from street policing skills like stop and search to map reading, leadership and tests of strength and stamina.

To find out more and how to join your local VPC unit as a cadet go to

Award winning
The VPC is a multi award winning programme. Recent achievements include the National Crimebeat award supported by the High Sherriff’s association of England and Wales, A London Peace Award, and a Team London Award delivered by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. As we grow and develop there is no limit to what we can achieve.

For more information about becoming a Volunteer Police Cadet Leader visit our FAQ's section.
Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) Leader FAQ's