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Bedfordshire Volunteer Police Cadets

Bedfordshire Police Cadets is for young people aged 15 to 18. The two-year programme starts in September with training being held in Bedford and Luton on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Biggleswade on a Thursday evening. We recruit once a year in January via our website. 


Bedfordshire Police Cadets aim to promote a practical understanding of police amongst young people, to support local policing through volunteering and to assist in community and crime prevention events. Being a Cadet is also a great way to inspire young people to participate positively in their communities. Duties the Police Cadets take part in include alcohol test purchasing, crime prevention, car parking and marshalling and official ceremonies.

Bedfordshire Police Cadets are following the National Volunteer Police Cadets framework.


It covers five key areas: 


  • Presentation
  • Procedures
  • Communication
  • Law
  • Health & safety


Each of these sections has a number of sessions which are all informative, interactive and inclusive. The Cadets also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers from different departments in the police service and to visit various different departments. The programme helps young people develop their skills, experience a variety of activities, make new friends and improve their self-esteem and confidence.
Being part of  National Volunteer Police Cadets gives Cadets the National Volunteer Police Cadets the chance to get involved in additional training and development, national conferences and opportunities for international volunteering.
After the two year programme there are opportunities to progress to the Senior Cadet Programme, assist as Cadet Instructors,  or join the Special Constabulary.

Who to contact

Bedfordshire Police cadets website

Last updated 09/06/2020