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Bedfordshire Volunteer Police Cadets

Bedfordshire Police Cadets is for young people aged 13 to 18. The two-year programme starts in September with training being held in:

  • Bedford and Luton on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • 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
  • support local policing through volunteering
  • assist in community and crime prevention events
  • inspire young people to participate positively in their communities

Duties the cadets take part in include:

  • alcohol test purchasing
  • crime prevention
  • car parking and marshalling
  • official ceremonies

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

 It covers five key areas: 

  • presentation
  • procedures
  • communication
  • law
  • health and 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
  • visit various different departments
  • get involved in additional training and development
  • attend national conferences
  • take part in international volunteering

The programme helps young people to:

  • develop their skills
  • experience a variety of activities
  • make new friends
  • improve their self-esteem and confidence

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 23/02/2022