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The Met are looking for Police Cadet leaders to help inspire the cadets and make a positive difference

The Met are looking for Police Cadet leaders to help inspire the cadets and make a positive difference

1st June 2017

Across the capital, there are thousands of young people making a positive difference to their communities. Some of them are Police Cadets and volunteers who have given their time to help create a new generation of talented and responsible Londoners lead them.

The Volunteer Police Cadet Programme (VPC) is a youth engagement and diversion programme supported by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). It’s for young people aged 10 to 24 years and it gives them the chance to learn about policing skills, law and legislation, citizenship, and team building activities. Cadets also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and support policing operations, which, in the past, have included the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee.

The Cadet Leaders help young people learn and develop their skills and confidence, and play a part in growing the future leaders of London.

The VPC are only able to operate with a sufficient number of leaders and are short in a number of boroughs, which is having a detrimental effect on their ability to operate effectively.

Cadet Chloe said: “My Cadet Leader has changed my perception of authority and taught me that you need to earn authority by working and training hard. I look to them for guidance and support and to teach me new things”.

Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, lead for the VPC said:

The Volunteer Police Cadets are an integral part of the Met and one which gives us immense pride.  The young people who become cadets are bright, enthusiastic and motivated, and they bring with them a wonderful diversity, which represents London at its best. They represent the future success and safety of our city.  I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in being part of developing these young Londoners to apply to be an adult volunteer - in my experience, you will get just as much out of this programme as the cadets you mentor.

The VPC is a multi-award winning programme. Recent achievements include the National Crime beat 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.

To find out more about the VPC programme, visit and for details on how to apply visit