Our Police Cadet recruitment has now closed. However, we are looking for cadet leaders and drivers.

You can find out more information about the roles and how to apply below.


Our volunteer community cadet scheme is designed for young people between the ages of 13 and 18. The scheme provides exciting opportunities to develop new skills and self-confidence, while taking an active part in helping to deliver policing to the local communities.

The scheme aims to:

  • promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people
  • encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship
  • support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard
  • inspire young people to participate positively in their communities

A quarter of our cadets are from a 'vulnerable' backgrounds and represent the diversity of the area. Their training ranges from learning about community policing skills and citizenship to participating in operations and events.

The cadet scheme will provide you with a valuable insight into policing in Gloucestershire.

The role

You will be involved in various police events and operations, helping to make a real difference in the local community with crime reduction and other public engagement initiatives.  You may also get the opportunity to assist with some police operational work, for example addressing the sale of alcohol and cigarettes to under age youths.

You will be asked to help at some public events where a visible uniformed police presence is needed.

Please be assured that your safety is our first priority - we will never put you in harms way. All cadet deployments in public will be fully risk-assessed and no cadet will ever be exposed to any potentially dangerous situations.

What is involved?

It costs £1 per week to be a cadet. You'll be issued with a cadet uniform but you'll need to provide your own boots.

The units meet on a Wednesday or Thursday evening and will be involved in some activities at weekends and during school holidays.

The syllabus includes:

  • policing duties and skills
  • sporting activities and drill (including parades)
  • participation in community/police crime prevention initiatives and events.

The initiatives and events may include:

  • carrying out reassurance visits in communities
  • visiting older members of the community and promoting crime reduction initiatives
  • promoting personal safety
  • assisting with community schemes such as speed watch and promoting awareness of on-line safety
  • working with local neighbourhood teams and in local areas to promote safety messages and provide reassurance
  • supporting the Police and Crime Plan


As a cadet, we expect you to turn up smartly and promptly for training and duties. You will be expected to do your best to serve the communities of Gloucestershire and to treat others fairly and with respect. We will also expect high standards of behaviour.

Above all though, we want you to learn, try your best and enjoy the experience of being a Gloucestershire police cadet.

Who can apply?

Eligible candidates will be:

  • 13 to 18 year olds
  • A resident of Gloucestershire
  • Anyone within the age ranges who lives in Gloucestershire can apply, including foreign residents.

If you've been in trouble with the police, this will be considered before any offer of a cadet placement is given.

Cadet base

Your base will depend on what unit you apply join. The Gloucester unit is based at the Constabulary headquarters at Waterwells, Quedgeley, Gloucester. The Cirencester unit is based at Cirencester Police Station, The Forum, Cirencester. The Stroud unit is based at Stroud Police Station, Parliament Street, Stroud.

We are committed to providing a quality cadet scheme to all parts of the county and are looking to expand to other local policing areas in the near future.

Apply to be a cadet

Our Police Cadet recruitment has now closed. We thank you for your interest.

Below we have included an example of what to expect when it comes to recruitment stages should you apply to become a Police Cadet in the future.

You must first submit your application form to become a Police Cadet.

Submitted applications will then go through a shortlisting process which will be followed by a notification to eligible candidates.

Eligible candidates will then be invited to an information evening with the Cadet Lead and Deputy Cadet Lead.

Eligible candidates will then be invited to an interview.

Successful candidates will then take part in training to learn a variety of skills needed to be a Police Cadet, including learning first aid.

Successful candidates will then need to attend a uniform fitting.

Successful candidates will then be deployable in uniform.

Apply to be a cadet leader

We're looking for new cadet leaders to join our team.

Our Police Cadet Force has grown considerably over the last year whilst supporting our Neighbourhood Policing service.

As this is an expanding program we are constantly looking for volunteers to work with these young people to deploy to events as a chaperone . Could you spare a few hours each month and help?

As a leader you will work with our cadets aged between 13 and 18 years old who are from all backgrounds and abilities. Cadet meetings take place during term time, once a week from 7pm-9pm, with the occasional deployment on weekends. Don't worry if you can't attend every session, we simply ask you to attend when you can. 

Becoming a leader is richly rewarding as you will get to see the cadets develop into confident, outstanding young members of the community.

If you are interested in becoming a leader please complete the Cadet Leader application form and email it to us at [email protected]

Become a Police Cadet driver

We need support in transporting young people taking part in our Police Cadet activities. We're looking for someone to drive a mini-bus and transport our cadets throughout the county. To do this, you will need D1 on your driving licence. Transport will be provided.  

Our Police Cadet programme takes place every Wednesday and Thursday evening. Ideally, we would like to have a pool of drivers so you may not need to be available every week. To find out more about the role please email [email protected]