To be a Cadet

Date published: 29 March 2021 08:53

South Yorkshire Volunteer Police Cadets represent the Force at community events and participate in a variety of activities and formal training as well as learning about various roles within the Police.

Applications for Cadets

The programme is currently being reviewed. Recruitment is likely to begin in June 2021. Please check this page closer to the time for full details

What you will learn as a Cadet

During the scheme you will explore the following subjects:

• citizenship

• personal development

• police powers

• road safety

• personal safety

• diversity issues

• crime prevention

• drug law and connected issues

• radio/communications

• theft/criminal damage

• public order/sporting events

Expectations of Cadets

You will be expected to:

• dress smartly and wear appropriate uniform when attending cadet evenings and other events

• adhere to force policy on dress and personal appearance at work, which covers hair - for example no shaved areas/ patterns, natural coloured hair only, long hair tied up in a bun - facial hair, jewellery, cosmetics and tattoos

• supply your own plain black shoes/boots which must be worn with black socks

• attend a weekly district meeting held on a Wednesday evening and volunteer for additional activities that may take place at evenings and weekends

• be punctual at all times and inform the cadet manager if delayed for any reason.

• participate in no acts likely to bring discredit on either the South Yorkshire Police Volunteer Cadets or South Yorkshire Police

• successfully pass a probationary period.

Please note that you may also be subject to background checks as part of the recruitment process.


  • You need to be 16 years old by 31 August 2021 and no older than 17 years of age by 31 March 2022

  • You need to live in South Yorkshire


All successful candidates will be expected to attend a two day Induction programme in August 2021

Start Date

The next cadet programme starts in September 2021