The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) are a diverse group of young people aged 13 - 18 years, who have a desire to support their local communities and gain a practical understanding of policing, developing their leadership skills by undertaking challenging social action projects in their communities.
The purpose of the VPC is not to recruit police officers of the future, but to encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship amongst its members in a fun, friendly and exciting way.
We believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to thrive regardless of his or her background. We encourage young people from all backgrounds, social group, gender, ethnicity, ability / disability and whether you have an interest in the police or not to join the VPC, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion.
Aims of the VPC
To promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people.
To encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship.
To support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard
To inspire young people to participate positively in their communities
Benefits of being a cadet:
Make new friendships
Take part in fun and exciting activities
Support your own community through volunteering and social action projects
Challenge yourself to learn and develop new skills
Submit an application of interest form which will be passed to your nearest unit. New applications are accepted from young people between the ages of 13 and 17 years. Please note that most units only recruit once or twice a year and hold substantial waiting lists. This may mean you do not get an immediate response to your enquiry.
Units are currently running in: Adur and Worthing, Chichester and Arun, Horsham, Mid Sussex (Haywards Heath), Crawley, Wealden (Hailsham), Eastbourne and Brighton.
Our units within Sussex are run by an amazing team of leaders who give up their time to support our cadets. They come from a range of roles, including officers, special constables, PCSOs, police staff and police volunteers. All of our leaders are DBS checked and complete safeguarding and other mandatory training.